June 2, 2017 By Rev Paul N. Papas II
Ever forgotten anything? Ever tied a string on your finger to be reminded of something? If you had multiple things to remember, would you recall which string was for which?
Have you tried journaling? Yes, you say, and it went well for a while, then you got too busy and didn’t have time to write, and write, and write. Well, the great thing about journaling is that you write as you will, jotting down what seems important to you at that time.
Although facts don’t change over time, people’s recollection, perception or perspective of the facts may change.
Over the ages people wrote in words or created graphics about events which were of historic significance to them.
History is important. People who don’t know history are often bound to repeat it.
Doctors need to know about your medical history, and sometimes your family’s medical history, in order to have a better understanding and an idea of what to look for and learn of any adverse reactions to treatments or medications you might experience. You certainly would not want to be treated for appendicitis if yours had already been removed. You also would not want to be treated for depression when indicators suggest that he should be addressing a brain tumor.
Court hearings normally have either a voice recording or a written transcript of the conversation to keep accurate records. The recordings or written transcript are often referred to when a ruling is being written. The written rulings are recorded in official court records and often times published. There are mechanisms in place to correct errors. People rely on the written rulings in settling disputes. There are mechanisms in place to appeal the rulings if one party is not satisfied. Sometimes outcomes change as the result of appeals.
No matter how much some people don’t like a historical event, the event will not change. People’s reaction to the historical event can change.
People are born and that historical event is recorded.
People die and that historical event is recorded.
Many events in the life of that person between their birth and death are memorialized by various records kept by the government or other entities.
We know a lot about Rev Billy Graham and Adolph Hitler because of a large volume of records and recordings which were made and preserved. There may be a dispute about certain specific events concerning either of these public figures. I would think people would generally think that Rev Billy Graham did a lot of good things for a lot of people. Whereas, I suspect that would not be the consensus about Adolph Hitler who caused the deaths of many innocent people.
Some people seem to have the idea that historical events can be erased. Perhaps the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life”, which airs around Christmas time, is reality to those who think they can erase historical events.
There are some who may not like an outcome of a historical event and try to fight the battles over again. Perhaps they would have more success by inventing a time machine which would allow them to revisit a specific moment to alter events.
Some would like to go back and remove a life changing car accident from history, they can’t. The way you deal with it can be changed.
Some would like to change the results of an election, they can’t. The way you deal with it can be changed.
Some would like to change the historical event of the American Civil War, a war between the slave owning Democrats and the anti-slavery Republicans, they can’t.
Removing the string from your finger, shredding a written record, or tearing down a monument will not change the historical events.
Monuments are reminders of good and bad times. People don’t always have the best memory, which is why we may need a string on our finger, a monument, or a trophy for an accomplishment we achieved. The string, monument, or trophy can be used to start or continue a conversation on how not to repeat the mistakes of the past, how we can do better this time….