The Ancient Greek roots of the word history carry the meanings of “inquiry“, “knowledge from inquiry“, or “to judge.”
In all European languages, “history” is still used to mean both “what happened” and “the study of what happened.” In modern German and French, the same word is used to mean both “history” and “story.”
History is written by the victors.
History is written by everyone. The more accurate quote would be, “History is temporarily twisted by people who’re going to profit from it in the short term.”
The prophetic tasks of the church are to tell the truth in a society that lives in an illusion, grieve in a society that practices denial, and express hope in a society that lives in despair.
In times like these, I look to the past. I come from people not meant to survive, and here is our bloodline, stronger than ever.
To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves.
Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes—our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking around.
~G. K. Chesterton
(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2021 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘Holding History’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)