“This is the greatest consolation in life. In poetically well-built museums, formed from the heart’s compulsions, we are consoled not by finding in them old objects that we love, but by losing all sense of Time.”
– Orhan Pamuk
“History is important. If you don’t know history it is as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you anything, and you have no way of checking up on it.” – Howard Zinn
A few years ago I read, The People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. Until then, I thought I knew history. Well, as much as any other American I suppose. What I came to realized was that I only knew what had been taught to me – what was allowed to be taught to me. Without hesitation I believed that those “teaching” me were not to be questioned. I’ve come to realized that as a people; as Americans in fact – we need to question, to examine, to dig and demand. Only then can we begin to understand who we are as part of a community…..