In the Past is Our Future

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.
~John F. Kennedy~

I have always had a great fascination with ancient history and mythology from all over the world.  Figures like Cleopatra VII, Alexander the Great, King Arthur, King Tutankhamen, and more are fascinating to me not just because of their accomplishments and marks on history but as actual people.  Norse, Greek, Roman, Mayan, Gaelic, Egyptian…I wish I could just sit down and learn about all of their histories, cultures, and mythologies. (more…)

Through Remembrance, Understanding

There are no words that can really express the horror that humanity is capable of.  We have such selective memories, storing all the good times and more irrelevant inanities such as celebrity gossip, release dates, etc.  And yet that which hurts us, be it emotional or physical, we push away until we have either grown to numb ourselves against it and ignore its presence or forget the thing entirely.

Why am I lamenting memory and speaking of horror?

“Memory of the Camps” remains one of the most definitive and unforgettable records of the 20th century’s darkest hour.

It’s because I believe we must not succumb to pushing the memory of pain away.  It is imperative that we embrace both what brings us joy and what leaves us aching and wretched, so that we can grow from both our victories and our failures.  I’ve never been more strongly reminded of this belief than in my International Human Rights class, watching Memory of the Camps. (more…)

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