Repurposed History – Rejecting God Rejects America
Repurposing history – warping the past to serve today’s purpose – is a vulnerable flank of American intellectualism that is an effective tactic by un-American ideas that shape today and tomorrow.
Many people view the world through a filter that starts history when they were born. Like a stopwatch, people interpret events (past, present, and future) as though time started with them.
That’s not to say that people aren’t aware of history, but that they will most likely interpret events as it corresponds to them.
The past does not have power unless it has familiarity.
For example, someone born in 1960 might think, “WW2 happened twenty years before me” instead of “WW2 occurred from 1939-1945.” The first thought relates WW2 to the individual. The second is impersonal like a book.
If history has no context, then it has no wisdom.
Repurposing history is any use of history without an understanding of its original context that skews the past, which allows the would-be historian to shape events to serve a purpose or a way of thinking.
This is America’s prostate cancer – slow growing, imminently beatable if detected early, and impossible to predict where it will spread next.
Repurposing history creates a black market for arguing the future. Counterfeit context ruins consumer behavior.
Recently, someone commented on a YouTube video I posted (here). The commenter was a secular humanist – someone who believes in reason and logic but wholly rejects God.
His repurposed history reflects the intentions and tactics of dangerous ideas on America, because if we reject God, we destroy the ideas that “all men are created equal” and that we have “inalienable rights.” The bedrock of America turns to shifting sand if God were swept away.
Rejecting God rejects America.
One danger of repurposed history is that it disrupts our society by removing context from history. One example is how government programs have fractured inter-generational bonds.
If the elderly depend on government, then their focus might be on preserving that lifeline – not on giving younger generations familiarity to history before their stopwatch. And since many elderly folks depend on the government, the young may resent that they now labor to pay for their elders’ dependence – most people know that they will never receive benefits from programs older generations depend on now (but this is an idea for another time).
Government has disrupted the vital cycle of the old imbuing history with familiarity for the young.
With the cycle disrupted, the old are focused on preserving their lifelines and the young are resentful. The broken intergenerational bonds result in competing political priorities, which generally results in government solving problems in piecemeal instead of allowing the generations help each other – the old teaches the young and the young support and care for the old.
History is the domain of applying the past for the future. America is being disrupted by repurposed history so that our great beginning does not shape our future.