History Quotes

I remember where I was and what I was doing when I first heard the news.  I just don't remember what the news was.
It must have been fun being the first humans, setting all those new world records every day.

Not only does history repeat itself, it increasingly forgets where it laid its keys.

Unfortunately, I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle.
Marilyn Monroe, in a June 13 1962 telegram declining a party invitation

I don't know how to tell you what I feel. I live in perpetual expectancy. You come and the time slips away in a dream. It is only when you go that I realize completely your presence. And then it is too late. You numb me. This is a little drunken... I am saying to myself here is the first woman with whom I can be absolutely sincere. I remember your saying – you could fool me, I wouldn't know it – when I walk along the boulevards and think of that. I can't fool you – and yet I would like to. I mean that I can never be absolutely loyal – it's not in me. I love women, or life, too much – which it is, I don't know. But laugh, I love to hear you laugh. You are the only woman who has a sense of gaiety, a wise tolerance – no more, you seem to urge me to betray you. I love you for that. I don't know what to expect of you, but it is something in the way of a miracle. I am going to demand everything of you – even the impossible, because you encourage it. You are really strong. I even like your deceit, your treachery. It seems aristocratic to me.
If history is written in blood, it's redacted with urine.
It’s all out there. The truth of our history is waiting to be learned.

The ways of the world are discoverable, but the problem is that each of us is born ignorant. We can only fight against the oppression we know, the oppression we can recognize. I keep aging, just as everyone does, and I keep learning additional snippets that give me a greater understanding of the invisible cage I live in. The more I learn, the more powerful I become and the closer I get to being able to break out. Unfortunately, as I age and become more knowledgeable, I age and get closer to death. A dead slave cannot fight to correct the system.

We age. We learn. We become disgusted by the truth. We start to figure out how to fight back, but we die before we can do much of anything. The young behind us must go through the same learning period before they have a chance of fighting it. The power structure stays in place because it hides. It relies on the limited lifetimes of individual humans as a primary defense. It also continuously acts to restrict or remove information from the common culture that would reveal itself.

How do we, the common people, fight such a system? We can fight it in two ways. First, we must ensure that the information about the true history of the oppression of the majority by the minority be freely available to all. Second, we must ensure that such information becomes and remains a primary part of the education of all new people. Then, even though we die, we can ensure the protection and freedom of the people who live after us.

                 IT'S DANGEROUS, AND I'M FALLIN'
                          TOO HIGH, CAN'T COME DOWN 
                       taste of your lips, i'm on a ride


          you're toxic, i'm slippin' under with a taste
                                  of a poison paradise

      i'm addicted to you, don't you know that you're                                                         toxic?

You and I are related under the same two parents somewhere back in history. Think about it. Everyone alive on Earth today including you and I had to have two parents. Your parents had to have parents, which means you had to have four grandparents and eight great-grandparents. Every set of parents doubles exponentially, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, etc. As you go back in time, at some point, the doubling of total parents required to keep your family tree and my family tree separate becomes greater than the number of people on Earth at that time. (It only takes 33 generations to surpass 8 billion.) If it's greater by even a single person, we must share at least that one ancestor. Let's suppose that ancestor is female. If you go back another generation, it would require double the number of people on Earth to keep us from also having a common male ancestor, then quadruple, then eight times, 16 times, 32, 64, etc. You can see how mathematically necessary it is for everyone alive today, including you and I, to be related under the same male ancestor and the same female ancestor somewhere back in history. In fact, you and I are statistically likely to have many thousands of ancestors in common throughout history. Everyone alive on Earth today is literally family.

Think about that the next time you insult someone's lineage. You're insulting your own family member. You're insulting your own lineage.

Let's approach the math slightly differently. Suppose there are 7,000,000,000 people alive on Earth today. That would immediately require 14,000,000,000 parents to keep everyone separate, which is impossible, so we know many people on Earth are immediately brothers and sisters. Every previous generation requires double the previous number to keep people out of the same family. That's 28,000,000,000; 56,000,000,000; 112,000,000,000; etc. Since those numbers are increasingly impossible, it forces greater and greater numbers of people alive today to be in the same family. Also, as you go further back, the fewer and fewer people were actually alive on Earth at any time. You can see that the exponentially increasing impossible numbers of parents required to keep us separate and the decreasing actual population on Earth requires that we are all related.

Learn form history
or you're doomed to
repeat it.

not my format.
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