Happy Wednesday, everyone.
This afternoon, I'm having one new cavity filled and two old cavities replaced. Oh joy.
RJDiogenes wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:37 am
The world needs to find more constructive ways to keep busy.
So I knew you especially would oppose the idea of de-heroifying the founding fathers. I get that (and thank you for leaving a comment on my hero blog).
You wrote: "Indeed, rather than saying “all humans are flawed and perhaps not deserving of adoration,” it would be more accurate to say that all humans are flawed and therefore more deserving of adoration, because that makes heroism more of an accomplishment."
I don't disagree at all. But I do think that society has to draw a line somewhere, and there will always be disagreement over where to draw the line. And as Lupy
wrote, because a society's values evolve over time, the line it draws will naturally shift.
To me, Thomas Jefferson's racism is more understandable, given the time period in which he lived, than the racism of Ronald Reagan, who called Black people "monkeys"
. Reagan lived in a time when he definitely should have known better. For that reason, a statue of Reagan seems unconscionable -- even if he had done great things.
wrote: "I do worry that in the rush to demolish offensive statues that we’ll be opening the door to future revisionists who will use their absence to claim that these people were never actually revered."
Revisionism has always gone on and always will. I agree that facts should be preserved -- including factual evidence that over time people have disagreed in their interpretations of the facts.