posted on Jan, 8 2010 @ 09:46 AM
reply to post by JohnnyCanuck
So...if China takes an interest in the burgeoning democratic movement, and decides that its masses are entitled to originals of the Declaration of
Independence and...oh, the Magna Carta, they have the right to grab them?
Where I doubt that these documents could be considered truly historical, since they belong to such a young nation, I understand where you are going,
though. I probably would have used examples of Indigenous American artifacts, though many people are ignorant enough to say that they should be on
display for all to see against the will of the protective societies for theses as well.
It is my belief that no culture should be forced to share its historical information with another, though I do believe that in order for us to
understand the past cultures of the world it should be encouraged. To know ones past helps to understand ones present and helps them to prepare for
At the same time I also understand the parts where some are apposed to sharing their history, some believe it is a violation of the rights of the dead
(very understandable), some believe outsiders of their culture will not fully understand the history and may misrepresent their history, others might
be afraid of theft of historical items that are borrowed for use in museums, and these are only a few of the good reasons for not sharing their
As you can see I am torn, because as someone who loves information about past cultures and societies, I also would hate for information to be
mistakenly misrepresented, stolen or even lost, due to the sharing of such information.