Just some thoughts:
“An attitude toward the past dominated by
present day attitudes and experiences.”
“The application of contemporary perspectives in explaining past events rather than placing these events in their historical context.”
Today 2019 we are on the edge of the third decade of the 21st century and with the knowledge of today it is pretty easy to look back over the past and I think in some cases be too harsh. Too harsh on people and events of long ago. I really wonder had we lived during past times would we really have been more “enlightened.” Would we really have done a “better job” of life as it unfolded.
Today we see many people and institutions of the past attacked and discredited. True we as a country had and still have our faults. But in my travels I have yet to find a place where I would want to trade for what has been given to me. I find the United States the only country where on a mass basis people are trying to “get in rather than out.” I don’t see people trying to move to any socialist or communist country as I do with the United States. A few months back as I stood at what once was the Berlin Wall I remembered seeing film of people trying to go over the wall or the fence from East Berlin to West. Never the opposite.
Trying to make full judgement on the past is like reporting the score of an athletic contest the following morning but trying to make folks think it just happened. Giving ball scores a day later saying what should have been done is pretty easy.
October 22, 2019