True history lives.
Empty word bile vomits out of closed meetings.
History’s monuments always terminate towards the rotten tombs and rancid ruins, all of which relegate their heroic myths to dead men’s corpses.
Nothing created can stay permanent. All things decay into eventual extirpation and extinction.
With these well-known truths extended throughout humanity, why do bad history teachers, boring history textbooks and crap history TV shows keep harping on elite perspectives, endlessly quoting from the rich and powerful?
The answer is that the State and the Elites want us to think that our world history is their version of history. They want us to finally bow our heads in cowardice and awe, and thereby allow the fabricators of evil deeds to command our societies. Yet, we did not birth into this world in order to live and die as slaves. We are humans too, and we have the same rights to liberty and freedom.
Screw the political-economic elites! We live and breathe as much as they do, and the powerful go to the bathroom and wipe their asses – as we also do. Why must we worship their supposed heroism – when we have created, lived and suffered for our own histories since the beginning of human civilization? Does not the hero live and die inside all of us?
There exist the accounts about the working mother who keeps the kids alive, or the working father taking on the boss for higher wages. Their true stories are quite numerous. Some of us have seen, lived through, or have even attempted such actions of live and uncensored heroism.
The great British historian, E.P.Thompson, in his classic opus work, The Making of The English Working Class, stated that the English working class was present at its own making. For all of human history, this has been, and will always remain the Truth. As we think, speak and act – so are we are present in making our own history.
Thompson’s historical work brought together the heroic, the madmen, the dreamers, the losers, the vagabonds and rogues – and almost all of the motley crews – who helped create the English working classes. The English working class did not emerge from Marxist study groups led by university educated snobs. Instead, it formed itself through its own lived experiences, through such common occurrences as pub rants, church Bible studies, on-site work stoppages, and secretive meetings on the common lands.
By the 1840s, everyone on the island of Britain understood the term: the English working classes. They had become a full-on actuality within an industrial capitalist nightmare. And as they say, the rest is history folks.
Neither Queen Victoria, nor the aristo-parasites, nor the solicitor-gentry of the House of the Commons, nor even the great British industrial factory owners created such a class of people. They, meaning the living and breathing lower classes – did it all on their own. These same historical cycles have continued until our very days.
Great artists worked through their lives, living through their finished works. They used their own efforts and genius to create their very own, sublime creations: Siddhartha Gautama, or the Buddha, and Lao Tzu, Filippo Brunelleschi and Diego Velázquez, and we can all add to our list of past greats.
It was not just many men, but also lots of women, representing all types of sexual orientations. Yes, there were those few famous ones who achieved public renown, but there were many more greats who never made the official history books – and this was actually quite good. Those forgotten greats changed the lives of their fellow history makers – during their own historical epochs.
We have many great names from the official history texts: Caesar, Justinian, Constantine, Isabella and Ferdinand, Alexander, the Renaissance Popes, The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, Genghis Khan, Cleopatra, the Great Emperors of China, Mansa Musa, Queen Elizabeth, the Great Moguls of India, and this list continues to augment as the State grows more hideous.
But these men, and a few women, represented political rulers and conquerors, experts in the arts of ancient statecraft, manipulators of courts and intrigues, and they often killed other humans for the sake of maintaining their power.
The modern political varieties have frequently achieved their greatness through committing mass murder and genocide, such as the Spanish Conquistadors of the early 1500s, British Imperial Prime Ministers, the Zio-Nazi Prime Ministers, the Guatemalan Military Junta of the 1980s, the American Presidents, the President-Dictators of the Rio de la Plata countries in South America during the 1830s-90s, Dictator Paul Kagame of Rwanda, King Vittorio Emanuele of Italy, President Suharto of Indonesia, King Louis XIV of France, Emperor Hirohito of Japan, General Idi Amin of Uganda, King Leopold of Belgium, Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot of Cambodia and Chairman Mao of China.
If we truly wanted to visit a foreign land and to experience the true and actual condition of a particular country; how would we go about it, who would we speak to, and where would we go? I don’t believe that we would make an appointment with the president or prime minister – if we could even get an appointment with those people. We definitely would not visit the local assembly or parliament – and so why then do we accept the historical accounts of those same ancient elites concerning their biased versions of the past?
We would instead walk the urban streets, visit historical monuments, cafes, restaurants, bars, and try to talk with and engage the people, such as taxi drivers, hostel staff, and the locals who we would encounter at bars and restaurants. If we really wanted to do a thorough understanding of the nation, we could interact with a variety of people representing the many different social class backgrounds, from wealthy businessmen to beggars on the streets.
The most important activity is learning the language well enough to converse with the people. We can then travel to many different locations, and even venturing off the most tourist-visited sites. Ultimately, we need to spend a good amount of time in the country in order to truly get a feel for the cultural values, behaviors, expressions, energies, and the way of life around us. We could even adopt the land as part of our own life, and actually think as the people do.
This is real and actual history, which is a similar practice to the art of traveling mindfully. When we return home from our foreign sojourn, and then suddenly read a crap journalist spewing out superficial crap about the foreign people – according to his own prejudices and government sources – we can laugh at their ignorance. For it is nothing, but ignorance.
Yet ignorance has passed for knowledge in our world, and it has been the same with history. If we want to grasp the historical truth, then we need to read deep into the historical archives. We will eventually find the voices of history’s unknowns. We can bring them back to life, and savor their voices as history’s sounds of silence – the mysterious graffiti painted on the walls of state institutions and corporate banks.
Humanity has thus constructed its own history – like we are all doing right now. History is simply living our lives. History does not just imply revolutionary acts and grand events.
History uncovers the changes to the evolutionary human Mind, which ultimately created and furthered the first actions, all leading to final masterpieces – or to monsters. The voices of actual history only await our discoveries. We can wait for someone else to do it for us, or we could grab some courage and instigate the first effort – just like our historical forebears did before us.