Atrocities of the past
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November 3rd, 2013 (5:11 PM).
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Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Newcastle, NSW, Australia
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So today in the US is Columbus day. Presumably we celebrate his discovery of the Americas, but the historical record shows that he wasn't such a nice guy, being responsible for the deaths of many of the native people he encountered in the Caribbean. So why do we celebrate him? I can think of two reasons: Either we as a whole don't know enough about the history, or we give people a pass on the bad stuff they've done because it's too long ago in the past to be worth getting upset over.
Question time. How far in the past does something have to be before we aren't offended or upset by it? Should there be some kind of historical a statute of limitations? Are there dangers of glorifying things the further removed from them we get, such that one day our future society may look back and see the Holocaust and similar 20th and 21st century atrocities as no big deal?
No one will forget the Holocaust. It's the one genocide that is talked about constantly. That and enslavement of African Americans are the two go-to atrocities for historians to talk about (for some, any genocide committed by Muslims against Christians is heavily discussed too). I do think that both of them were dreadful, but there were other atrocities in history too.
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