History is a variable

Why do so many spend so much time in rewriting history?

Because, of course, history is not the immutable past but only ever a story. And rewriting and retelling stories to suit our current purposes is what we do.

Present misery is compensated for by wallowing in stories of past glories. Present failures are blamed on stories of past oppression. Present incompetence is attributed to stories of past suffering. Present stupidity is excused by stories of past undernourishment. Present duplicity is defended by stories of past exploitation. Present criminality is justified by stories of past deprivation. Present depravity is condoned by stories of past repression.


 

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