“History is important”
A great thinker named George Santayana, once said : “Those who do not remember the past are condemed to repeat it”.
The world forgot the African Holocaust of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the Holocaust of the Native American 500 Year War. By forgetting the past of others we repeated similar events, like the Jewish Holocaust of World War ll .
Hitler’s actions, proved Santayana’s point. Hitler didn’t forget the past, he mentioned in his book, “Mein Kampf”, that in his opinion, the American Indians presented the same situation to the “Aryans” of America, as the Jews did, to the “Aryans” of Germany. He applauded, the techniques used by the American Presidents Jackson and Van Buren during the Indian Removal Era, that led to the , “Trail of Tears” of the 1830’s and he used the same tactics on a much bigger scale.
As our technology, increases our need to be mindful of historical similarities must also increase. When Hitler applied the technological advances of his day, to the logistical strategies of 1830’s America, the effect was exponiently more devastating.
Yes, history is important. It’s crucial, that we continue to , use education and commemorate the good and the not so good. If we face those realities, we can better promote and celebrate more positive paradigms for our future. I have been blessed, to have had my Semiroon Historical Society confirmed as a ,Private Sector Partner, for the U.S. Dept. of Interior/National Parks Service/National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom Program. I intend to show my respect for the Past, by working in the Present, with this worthy program to ensure a brighter Future , for everyone, regardless of race, religion, color or creed.
Phil “Pompey” Fixico, Private Sector Partner, NUGRR/NTF