“What is history but a fable agreed upon?,” perhaps the most succinct and accurate description of our recorded time on earth, is a quote attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte. Whether or not the French emperor ever uttered those words is less significant than the fact that we’ve agreed the thought belonged to him. Others, quoting an astute observation by Winston Churchill, say, “History is written by the victors,” wearing their skepticism with pride while failing to question the accuracy of that very statement. History is often written by the victors. No matter who sums up the past or records the events of their time, they never have and never will provide a complete or unbiased account. While history itself, in an abstract sense, may be objective, any human record of events could never be anything but subjective. Let us never forget that history itself has a complicated and flawed history lest we accept as simple fact all that should be questioned in perpetuity.
[To be continued, maybe…]