I call it: The scandal of history. And society is struggling with that scandal today. People are convinced that if they had done it, that they’d have done it right, or at least better. They truly believe that with them in charge there would have been no abuses and they wouldn’t have made any mistakes.
Because they believe they could have done it better, they are trying to erase those who did it. Statues are being toppled, flags are being burnt, and history is being re-written.
Joe Warmington got it right when he wrote in the Toronto Sun, “Nobody got it right back then. The problem with cancelling history based on current standards is the people being written out are not able to explain themselves. And there is no forgiveness.”
I wonder if people realize that if history wasn’t what it was, then the present wouldn’t be what it is?
The actions of men like John A. Macdonald and William Cornwallis not only made Canada what it is, but in doing so, they put into play the events that eventually led to your parents meeting. Chew on that for a while.
Because this I know is true. While we can’t make the past a better place, we can make the future a better place.
Have a great week and remember: To see what is possible, you’ll have to attempt the impossible.