The Eyes of the Beholder

Virginia’s governor has repeatedly violated the Constitutional rights and freedoms of the citizens of the Commonweath of Virginia. How is that different than civil rights violations endured by blacks both before and after slavery ended? While Northam hasn’t made slaves of his citizens (yet), he’s certainly denied them multiple Constitutional rights. Our governor has done the same, almost as if Demoncrap governors are operating from the same well-coordinated Demoncrap agenda…

As for historical artifacts such as monuments, statues, paintings and plaques, they serve as valuable historical reminders, both of what is good, right, noble, true and exceptional, as well as what is ignoble, despicable, reprehensible, and shameful.

We humans learn from both sides, both the good and the bad. Our Bible is chock full of examples of both sides. Should we rip out the ignoble pages so they won’t offend us? Or should we learn from history en toto so we can emulate the great things while avoiding the horrible things?

I say we need both! You can’t navigate a minefield by knowing only some of the good areas and a few things about mines. You must detect and avoid or disable all the mines in your path. That requires knowing a good deal about mines, as offensive as they ma be.

When someone takes offense, it’s an action on their part. It’s not an action taken by the historical artifact that’s been around for 150 years.

Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the same holds true of offense. Offense is in the eye of the beholder. If you visit certain countries, and you’re a woman, you better not wear shorts as it could get you arrested! Showing a woman’s knees is a big no-no!

But is that actually a bad thing? Certainly not according to Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue…

The point is that people taking offense at something does not invalidate its worth or usefulness. Furthermore, when those same people are rioting, rebelling and engaging in insurrection, not to mention stopping other people and their vehicles in traffic, damaging personal property and real estate, looting, committing arson, violently attacking other humans, beating them, murdering them…

They’re committing FAR more heinous offenses against humanity than could ever be claimed by leaving intact monuments, statues, plaques and paintings for the purpose of learning about history — both the good as well as the bad — so we can better navigate the minefields of the future.

Writing is our greatest achievement as human beings. It provides the record of cumulative knowledge from which we can spring forward instead of always having to restart at scratch every generation. Monuments, statues, plaques and painting are every bit as valuable a record of both human achievement as well as human failure. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a monument or statue and the story behind it must be worth ten thousand, if not a hundred thousand words or more.

When people actually learn history, these physical artifacts of history serve as powerful reminders of both the noble and the ignoble.

When people fail to learn history, however, these artifacts become, to those ignorant, symbols of hate and objects of their wrath.

The objects themselves are not the problem.

The problem rests in the eyes of the beholder.