Thursday, April 19th, 2012 12:44:05
Powerful Government Equals Powerful Problems
History is not simply dates, events and results. Instead, it’s people’s lives, their hopes and dreams, their situation and their outcomes based on their and other people’s actions. While history is learned by looking backward, knowing the outcome, life is lived marching forward, unsure of what might happen.
To understand history, it helps to understand the circumstances of the time. How did people live, who was in charge, who had rights, power and money? What is commonplace in one time and place would be unthinkable in another.
For example, most Americans understand that by law, they have individual rights. In fact, our Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”