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Statues of controversial people are getting ripped down
days as a sort of second cousin to book burning.
How about statues that encourage commentary? Statues
controversial figures that have an effect on the present
like Karl Marx for instance. Let people have their say
Chalk would be supplied and the winter rains would wash
away the commentary to clear the way for the next
You could also have non controversial guys like Jimmie
Hendrix where people could write positive stuff, draw
flowers and whatnot.
||sp: endless supply of chalk provided.
||It's weird how people want to erase history from public view. Society has done some horrible shit over the last 2000 years, but to gloss over the memory of that is to ignore the moral lessons learned.These days people think that moral progression has happened out of thin air, whereas throughout history, improvement in moral behaviour has been as hard won as the blood spilt in battlefield victories.
||Why only two thousand years? Can you see any shortage of
horrible shit in the millenia before them?
||I suspect that it's harder to name names beyond two
||[Maxwell Buchanan], the earliest name-identified person is
Iry-Hor, from Egypt, 5,200 years ago. So that's the extreme
limit (not saying he was a perpetrator of horrible shit).
[bigsleep] absolutely. "Those who ignore the mistakes of the
past are doomed to repeat them" (or words to that effect; I
forget who said it).
||If you can't remember the act, the act is obviously a new experience.
||//not saying he was a perpetrator of horrible shit//
||Indeed; he probably established himself as the ruler of Egypt and
had his name laboriously carved on stones entirely by patient
consensus-building and friendly persuasion.