MY TWO CENTS, BY CHRIS FAULKNOR
The Norfolk Harvest Festival took place this past weekend in Boyne City.
The event, put on through the blood and sweat of several of my close friends, enjoyed its fifth year of educating folks like you and I about what life was like hundreds of years ago.
While watching knights demolish watermelon with their axes was surely a fun experience, it got me thinking about the value of history, and one of my favorite books, The Giver.
The Giver is set in a futuristic age, a world where people can no longer see color, and everything is controlled by an authoritarian government.
That is, except for one person, the Receiver of Memory.
He holds memories of generations past, and sees the world through the eyes of thousands who have come before, and thus holds the wisdom of the ages.
Why does this come to mind?
Because those who don’t care about history are doomed to repeat it.
While we love to celebrate Independence Day, we are quick to forget that we came here to escape persecution by the English and, upon arriving, immediately began persecuting the Indians.
Many of us idolize Abraham Lincoln, but we don’t like to think about his greatest accomplishment: establishing that one person shouldn’t own another.
We need to remember that from whence we came, both good and bad.
Yes, by all means, think about the successes of our nation and the resulting fact of being the playground monitors for the rest of the world, but also remember that not even two centuries ago, we couldn’t even play nicely in our own sandbox with each other and went into a civil war.
We are indeed a nation of people that are good and loving and kind, but it is important to note (and tragic to forget) that immense amounts of blood was spilled in getting there.
And the way we remember this is simple.
Read about our history.
Pick up every history book that you can get your hands on, and for the love of God, don’t just read ours.
History is traditionally written by the victors, but see it from the other side too, because while so many history books would portray the United States as being free from sin, that’s far from true.
Learn what life was like for the Jews not only in Nazi Germany, but after the Americans swooped in.
Find out exactly what happened on the Trail of Tears to the Native Americans.
What did Christopher Columbus really do when he got here?
The never-ending scavenger hunt for information should include both sides of the story, much like our journalism here at The Boyne City Gazette.
I’ll tell you one thing though: I learned about groups of people in the dark ages who fought to stay alive and exist.
It makes me appreciate a great many things about my life as it stands, and helps me to make a better tomorrow.