Irrespective of who won the case in court …outside of it History wins every time.
A great man said : History will sift the dead men into heroes and villains.
I say History has the ability to sift the living…the present into heroes and villains too.
No, it is not the courts, the constitution or the wise men, it is the burden called history suffered by the lowest common denominator of the society that defines our heroism or calls us villains….that is the power of History.OJ Simpson won, Zimmerman won but their fates will be decided by History.
We might live in the present but our heads and hearts live in the past.
We let it teach us everything we know from science to philosophies to constitution and laws to food to how to wipe our asses. We are but extensions of it.
We live our grandfathers and grandmothers lives again and again …though we dress differently, talk and walk differently our heads live with them…at least the majority of us do so consciously or unconsciously.
We might eat, touch, see, smell, hear for ourselves but we suffer and judge for them.
No, the good memories don’t play a role here. We don’t remember the camaraderie or the love at least a few of our ancestors must have shared amongst themselves.
A single man can have a good memory but History will not let him.
A single man might right a wrong…. Be reasonable ..but influenced by history even that single man will get into the overcorrection mode.
Societies do it every single time: From one end of the spectrum it jumps to the other end….it over compensates.
I will give an example : You pick up ten dollars that is not rightfully yours. What happens? Very soon you will feel guilty. And you will try to compensate by giving away the ten dollars to someone. The one you took from and the one you it give away need not be the same and what you did in the past you are correcting in the future:that is overcompensation.
It is a proven fact that guilt when over compensates does not care for time, place or persons. Similarly fear and distrust works.
History makes you do exactly that : over compensate…over correct.
It lets us be wise when we quote the greats during speeches or on their birthdays.
The rest of the times history teaches us to be emotional and hence opinionated…it dictates the truth and once the truth is spoken there is no scope for discussion or logical reasoning .
And history has all the answers and never a question . There is no way one can discuss or argue with the dead and gone.
Yes, they suffered…..History is full of suffering…and not just one community…it is spread across the world.
History is the greatest lesson in survival of the fittest….but there has to be empathy too or else we wouldn’t have come this far.
Your forefathers repressed the society : today you suffer guilt.
Your forefathers got repressed : today you suffer anger, fear and distrust.
Either side suffers it if not on a conscious level then a subconscious and unconscious level.
To either side History does no good.
Whenever History rears its ugly head it teaches the repressed side fear and not hope or faith. It teaches it to follow the dead ideas and the old pain unquestionably.It makes the repressed side of the present to breed an archaic shared unconsciousness.
It preaches the repressed side of the present the moral and cognitive abilities of the least capable members of historic times.It breeds fear and all fear breeds is distrust and anger.
Hold on to History and it will create a panic that identity of a certain set might be lost even in this present….that the certain set will have to suffer again.
And if it gives rise to fear, anger and distrust on one side it gives rise to guilt on the other.
What can guilt do?
It takes away logic in the name of debt that has not been ours in the first place.
It makes us forgive the present in the name of a past….justice is replaced by empathy, reasons become excuses, a trail becomes a stage for self criticism. People from the guilty set will suffer a pain that is not their doing which itself blurs logic and does not correct the balance but overcorrects the circumstances. The guilty set will overcompensate the past by ignoring the ills of the present….What does anger and guilt cultivated through History do to modern societies?
The past was unjust so the guilty and frightened societies will make the present unjust …and when present is unjust future will be unjust too! This way the cycle of injustice will never end.
Anger and guilt makes people into mobs and forces them to pass judgments through numbers and not through logic….through sound and not reason. …through the same power that made History so vile….through the same sensory overload that created such a history in the first place.
If anything in this world is born out of an emotional experience of the past it will give rise to the misplaced logic that the past will be repeated.
We have to realize this is not the past. We have left it behind. This is the present with a different set of people….definitely more civilized…
this is not Utopia but this is not stone age either.
Racism, castism, sexism, classism, ageism, homophobia, ableism ….all sorts of isms from the past have managed to just do this : create a mob out of people…and make them into a headless frightened or guilty mass whose individual identity is lost in the present because of a past experience.
So whatever it gives rise to : anger or guilt, neither is helpful in the healthy functioning of a civilized society.
My grandfathers screwed your grandfather so you will screw me today….so my grand children will screw your grandchildren….it is a typical case of jumping a generation or two….till this world gets finished.
I will pay for my grandfathers mistake and your children will pay for your mistake.
Just like America has racism India has castism and similarly every single community has something that gives rise to guilt in a certain community and anger in the other….trying to overcorrect will only make guilt and anger change sides and nothing else.
So, Please can we have a present without the burden of past? At least let us try.
What we need is leaders who can rise above History and guide the world out of its guilt and fear.
Leaders who can think in the present while living in the present…without a burden of the past…..
Who can have their heart in the rightful place and head above their shoulders.
Their words will not be experiences of our forefathers but logic and wisdom.
They can see right from a wrong…a mob from a man…past from a present.
If not we will be creating a today that carries the same fear and distrust that our ancestors gave us and we ?
We will hand it over to a tomorrow that will suffer from the overcorrections of today.