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Old 02-04-2020, 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Bucco View Post
From my point of view you can tell your "friend" that history is probably the most important area to understand and discuss.

I believe that history does teach as do most, but so often a negative historical event was the result of ignoring the past. I think those that posted are not "arguing" but discussing and offering viewpoints of that time in our history.

Disagreeing on events is not a bad thing EVER. Study is never bad.

TO demean those that study history and see it different than you instead of offering a thought out rationale for your opinion is, to me, a symptom of a total lack of understanding of the past, present or future.

TO ignore history and decide it is not to be talked about or studied, or understood by perspective is shallow and a blunt way to kill off debate.

Americans need to understand that that history is not just facts adding up to an agreed-upon narrative but rather a never-ending debate.

Debates like this forum started out are great. Some posters say forget it because it does not fit my idea of what it should be. I say, LISTEN AND LEARN. I spent most of my life in the world of government and those who I considered great men or women were not simply those I agreed with, but those who respected historical implications of the present on the future. If I did not agree, I still listened and learned and probably learned better lessons from those who disagreed with my viewpoint.

Every new idea needs context and knowing history helps provides context.

Excellent points.

I could live with just a "lack of understanding" (after all, some folks through no fault of their own...will just never "get it"), it's when a conscious decision is made to purposely refuse to understand and/or acknowledge facts...is where I have a problem.
 
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