Altering the Coarse of History
In George Orwell’s 1984, Winston Smith works on rewriting documents to perceive to others that Big Brother is always correct. Some people in our world may see this as absurd, that we would not censor our history at all. However, I have heard a saying that history is already distorted, since it is usually written by the victor or the conqueror. For example, if you think about how the Mexicans conquered the Mayans and converted them to Christianity to save them from their barbaric practices of human sacrifice. But if we could look into what the Mayans may have written about the Conquistadors and how they may have used disease and violence to make them submit. You can even see how current events are being conveyed today with the protests in Ferguson and Baltimore, which is seen as a group of thugs discrediting an institution in society to be unjust and violent, even though there is evidence of unneeded violence from the police in retaliation.
We also discussed the power of books and knowledge that have a hold on people and have the ability to shape their beliefs and identities. But what happens when they find out that the information that they have been taught in class, say Christopher Columbus or Women’s Voting Rights, is not completely true, such as the abuse that the Aboriginals went through under Christopher Columbus’ orders or women had wanted the right to vote since the Civil War and only got it at the end of WWI from their lobbying, what do they do? Do they believe it and seek to find other perspectives in what they were taught or do they ignore what is being said?