Just some thoughts:
I wish we Americans knew our American history better.
So often today I will hear one make a statement in which I wonder what they have or know in which to make such a reference.
So often I hear “He/She’s the greatest ever.” “That’s the best play/ movie ever made.” The other day I heard a young media sports person say of Lebron James, “He’s the greatest player to have ever played the game.” I agree he is great, I prefer “truly one of the greatest.”
I wondered to myself if that media person ever hear or what they knew of say an Oscar Robertson. If one knows history then they have a better reference in which to make statements. Even then I question such statements.
Likewise recently I heard a younger than forty media night time person say “We are now living in the most evil of all times. More hatred today than any time previous.” Oh really? I agree the times are evil and hatred is far too often present. But you know I never lived during the Babylonia or say during the heyday or the Roman Empire. Maybe we need to be reminded that once upon a time some folks so called “entertainment” was to stand a fella in the middle of an arena then watch as an animal would be released into his presences. (That is one of the thoughts I had when I stood in the floor of the Roman Coliseum and thought: “This was what they called “fun.”)
“There may never have been another time in the nation’s history when more people disliked more other people from more directions and for less reasons. Bigotry was casual, reflexive and well nigh universal.”
Bill Bryson–One Summer
Bryson was speaking here of the United States during the 1920s’.
I found Bryson’s book most interesting. Bad times, think about this. Bryson says it was the heyday of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan hated everybody. Catholics, Jews, Orientals, Blacks, you name it they could put a tag on it. Think about this. In the 1920s’ five million, some say eight million memember’s in the United States belonged in the Klan. Seventy-five member of Congress belonged or openly associated themselves with the Klan. Seven or eight states elected governors who were members or openly supportive of the Klan. Read some Indiana history and see about the name of D.C.Stephenson. If one reads chapter twenty-six of Bryson’s book he has to wonder about evil and the question of “what was the most evil of times.”
Bottom line, for me, all ages have had too much evil and hate. I wish we all knew a bit more about our history and give thought to when it comes to labeling matters.
March 19, 2018
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