The following line is taken from a sermon given by Dr. King that you will find in his 1963 book, “Strength to Love”.
We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Okay my friends, you can argue that Dr. King was trying to imply that you have to “go along in order to get along.“ Or perhaps he was saying just the opposite, you don’t have to accept the “status quo”. Both are pretty good arguments for a spirited debate among thinking and reasonable folks. His focus was on his present-day history (civil rights) and how to define it and what actions to take. That was his “jumping off” point to start the national discussion and debate – “history”.
However, it seems to this retired Gumshoe that elements of the radical left do not want to debate or discuss opposing ideas when it comes to our collective national history.
Presently, they want to destroy it by tearing down statues. Easy targets, statues can’t run or fight back. Brave folks indeed!
What will be their next target(s)? When and where will they stop? What’s their end game or goal? Do they end up eating their young like the French Revolution during the “Reign of Terror”? Robespierre eventually used his own blood to lubricate the guillotine blade!
Will the written works like “1984” and “Fahrenheit 451” be the radical cookbooks for the recipes of a “woke” tomorrow?
How about the last chapter of “The Lord of Flies”? Great ending!
I ask the question, “If you don’t know where you came from, how do you know where you are going to go?”
One of my favorite quotes is from Edmund Burke, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it”. I think that trying to destroy history whether it’s a statue, book, event, or anything else ultimately leads to destroying people.
Think of the Holocaust and take pause. “Never again!” is the cry that must be heard and echoed in every heart and in every thought and in every generation. This cry must be our collective lodestar or else it will ultimately be in the parlance of “Star Wars”, our “Death Star.”
The jury is still out of my friends. The clock is ticking towards our national survival or our national suicide. It will not be “painless” either way according to human history.
God bless you Dr. King wherever you are! (and you also Mr. Burke)