Monday, February 11, 2013 | By: Angela Brown

A Winner and The Importance of Not Forgetting

The YA Giveaway Hop was wonderful. So many great responses!

And the winner is...

Cary Morton!!

Now to the importance of NOT forgetting. The following phrases are pretty familiar:

Remember the Alamo

December 7th, the day that will live in infamy

9/11...we will never forget

So I have to shake my head in wonder when I hear the following phrase:
Why can't black people just get over slavery and forget that whole civil rights stuff already?
(Yes, I've heard this come from more than one person's lips -_-)

History, with ALL its many flaws, is studied, written about and re-written in correction. The purpose isn't to bemoan its occurrence, but to learn from it, grow from it and enhance the present from the lessons of the past. It is also very good to engage in learning of the past to identify with historical heritage.

History isn't something to be swept under the rug because of disgust, shame or fear of its many ugly parts. There's plenty of beauty in the past as well.

What are your thoughts when it comes to history?

37 comments:

Mildred R Holmes said...

Not forgetting is important. Being true to oneself involves accepting flaws and correcting them. As individuals, or groups. History made us who we are. We can become stronger for the remembering.

There are four songs sung at ceremonies and powwows that help us remember the past and where we are headed, as a people.

Natalie Aguirre said...

So agree that not forgetting is very important, so we acknowledge them and don't repeat them.

Angela Brown said...

That is a great way to look at history and singing songs to remember and guide for the future, wow.

Angela Brown said...

Exactly, it's the not repeating part that can be helpful, at least for the things that weren't exactly great.

SA Larsenッ said...

I am a major history buff. We can learn so much about ourselves from our ancestors' actions. In this realm, race, religion, location, or sex doesn't matter. It's all about learning to live within your means and environment. I love to see how that evolves. I actually almost studied to enter the sociology world.

Leigh Covington said...

Congrats to Cary!

I admit, in high school, I never appreciated history enough. But now... I love it! There are so many great stories and so much we can learn. So many people who've sacrificed that we should never forget. :)

mshatch said...

I like history so much I majored in it. I've also dabbled in writing historical novels, of the fictional variety :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If we don't remember our history, we'll just make the same mistakes.

Julie Dao said...

History is a beautiful thing, I completely agree. We need to remember what happened so we can understand how we got here.

lbdiamond said...

I wish people would pay more attention to history...we might not keep repeating the same mistakes...however, a lot of it is human nature and I don't think we can get away from ourselves.

Nice post!

SanWrites said...

Angela, you've heard comments like that because people tend to live in a world-within-a world.
I hear ridiculous things from relatives who live in the boonies among people who think exactly as they do. Not interested in the facts, the past, etc. Some travel would do them good!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Not forgetting is crucial -and you put it so articulately! How can we learn if we forget? And learn we must!

Heather said...

My thoughts are that history repeats itself when we forget about it. I don't think the ugly parts are taught enough in school. Too much of the horrible things humans have done is being forgotten because history is written by conquerors and they don't want us looking back on their flaws.

Gwen Gardner said...

And don't forget the Jews - "Never Again." Some people insist the Holocaust never happened, even after seeing the photos. That's why we should remember - lest we should forget.

Shelley Munro said...

History is a good teacher. We need to look back and see what we can do better or what worked well.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Why we don't just forget about slavery? The same reason many people remember Hitler. We don't want another situation like that to happen again. Statements like that are made out of ignorance.

Glad the YA giveaway went well Angela.

Angela Brown said...

I wish I were a history buff. I do enjoy learning about the past. There's so much to appreciate and gain from it.

Angela Brown said...

I agree, Leigh :-)

Angela Brown said...

I wasn't sure I could enjoy a historical novel until I had a change to read a few and they were so great. Made me realize what I've been missing out on.

Angela Brown said...

Exact-a-mundo :-)

Angela Brown said...

Right and it is a great guidance for our future, sort of circling back to Mildred's comment :-)

Angela Brown said...

I often wonder about human's nature to repeat certain thing. You've touched on an important point.

Angela Brown said...

It has surprised me to hear certain things. Although some travel may be good, the "world-within-a-world" mentality moves fluidly as well.

Angela Brown said...

So essential to learn from the past. I try to teach my Chipmunk to learn from her mistakes, not bemoan them. And mistakes will happen, just as history is flawed.

Angela Brown said...

You hit the hammer on the nail, Heather.

Angela Brown said...

I've heard of doctoring photos, but that is just beyond the imagination, though the things done during Holocaust should have been beyond human ability. Yet they occurred.

Angela Brown said...

Right, Shelley. What worked well, especially, is the stuff to help guiding toward a better future.

Angela Brown said...

Yeah, the giveaway was great. And you mention about the same as what SanWrites mentioned.

LD Masterson said...

There are few things more important for us to know than where we came from and how we got here.

Angela Brown said...

It can also help in learning of the past to appreciate our present and the future to come.

Christine Rains said...

I completely agree with you. We need to remember our history and learn from it to keep from making the same mistakes again.

Angela Brown said...

I find that ignoring our past is too closely aligned with ignorance for the present and future.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

Amen to that, Angela. We humans are odd. We are so kind, so cruel, so given to "forgetting" what doesn't suit us and quick to modify anything that puts us in a bad light. This is definitely not a cultural proclivity; it's species wide!

Angela Brown said...

Oh the humanity of being human.

Le sigh.

Deniz Bevan said...

I can't abide revisionist history - like changing some of the slurs in Tom Sawyer or - apparently they're doing this!! - removing certain scenes in the British show Fawlty Towers, which feature an old major making derogatory comments about... well, pretty much everyone.
But that's the point! He's an old man, he was in the war, he's getting a bit doddery... You're not supposed to look up to him! And isn't that the whole point - that we should learn from these things? If you whitewash everything, what does that leave?
There's my mini rant :-)

Angela Brown said...

Rant on Deniz! I'm no fan of things like the N-word, but that doesn't mean remove them from novels, classical and famous, that have them in there. It is how they spoke in that time frame. We can't exactly go back and "PC" everything because that is not how it was.

Deniz Bevan said...

Exactly! We should be using them as teaching tools for the next generation!

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