Remembering History

12 Jun

We have been inundated over the past month with various scandals that have come to light in the U.S..  Whether you like the Obama administration or not, at least we live in a time when information is much easier to get to scrutinize a government which should be held accountable to the people.

I recently watched a movie called The First Grader about the oldest man to attend primary school.  Maruge, a Mau Mau veteran, wanted to attend school so that he could improve his life, in addition to complete a very personal task.  I had no knowledge of this period of history in Kenya under the rule of the British.  It was an emotional roller coaster, especially with all the flashbacks of the torture he endured at the hands of the British.

In this day and age, we are privileged to know (nearly) everything, whenever we want.  Hopefully, during all the never-ending media cycles, we can remember what happened in the past or else we’re doomed to repeat it in the future.  The movie made me realize that it really is a privilege to be living, and I thank all those in the past who have made that a reality.

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