"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."
- George Orwell, in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), Chapter 3.
Some of my own thoughts on the issue of history:
Archimedes said: "Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth." I say : "Give me a new vantage point and I will move the history of the Earth." This is a naturally just a joke. However, moving to a new vantage point can give one tremendous new insight into our common history.
The central facts do naturally always remain the same. The way how the facts that are deemed important and are chosen, however, has a tremendous impact on how the history we present will look like.
Simply moving the vantage point away from the facts that have been chosen and thoroughly colored by Christians of the past can have a tremendous impact on how we see our past. One needs to realize how tremendously Christianity has affected the writers of past generations. One needs to understand how Christianity has colored the whole way we do see the past. This realization can make a world of difference.
Many people have difficulty in understanding that history that is written by Christians is not impartial history. It is history that has been warped by a distorting lens of an ideology. This is true even if this warping did often happen in societies where no other ideologies were simply available.
Even the most impartial writers of the 18th or 19th century simply could not see the effect that this ideology did have on their thinking. They commonly did not even see that of any other model of thinking could exist in their own society.
My page for George Orwell was in Facebook also before the page was taken down for unknown and unreported reasons in January 2011; see http://www.facebook.com/orwellblair if it has been returned to its creator.
(This piece was refurbished on 7th of January, 2012)
"Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist and journalist. His work is marked by clarity, intelligence and wit, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and belief in democratic socialism."