a reply to: Squirlli
In every human endeavour, from simple survival, to high physics, from city management to geopolitics, we learn the most from our errors. Erasing our
stupidities from history will remove all the most stark and unavoidable lessons that we have learned, and continue to learn, from our knowledge base.
Without these reminders, these valuable lessons being present in our lexicon, without the historical buildings, texts, monuments and memorials, it
would be all too easy for the species to forget the harshest lessons of all, and those lessons have the chance to inform a better, more vibrant, less
oppressive future, than the chaotic and folly ridden past we all share as members of this species.
It is my belief that we are all linked by our humanity, no matter where on the planet we hail from, no matter what faith, colour or creed we may be a
part of, we are human beings before we are anything else, and we have a responsibility to one another, young and old, man and woman, all the peoples
of this world. That responsibility, is to make the best of not only ourselves, but of our conduct on this world, of our minds, and to prevent the
hardening of our hearts against our fellow human beings. I believe this because the lessons history has taught me, boil down to one searing point,
that in my view cannot be forgotten, or ignored. That is, that when we forget our humanity, we allow it to slip through our fingers. When we abandon
our fellow human beings, allow ourselves to consider them less than human, allow ourselves to enslave, exploit, or exterminate them, that we become
toxins to our species, cancers upon its organs, agents of entropy, rather than stalwarts of cohesion.
Our species will die if we allow ourselves to forget the lessons that keep our humanity in play. Without those lessons, without those errors firmly
in mind, it is easy to give into rage, frustration, violence, and the spreading of misery. We must be constantly reminded of why these things are
folly, why actions must be reasonable, why lies must never conquer truth, and why actions based on anything other than pure truth, are always doomed
to cause pure chaos and ruin.
Without these lessons, we lose the ability to be better than our pasts, because without those lessons there would be no reason to fear our worst
excesses, and there would be no way to quantify our greatest successes without their counterpoints to anchor those moments in history, and remind us
why they are next to all of them, bittersweet, rather than being simply glorious. We learn from mistakes, as long as we remember them. When we forget
them or erase them, we learn nothing.