THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

August 19, 2017

On Statues and Symbols

Filed under: Uncategorized — danielhite @ 10:16 pm

#charlottesville #forestparkmonument #confederateflag #tencommandmentsmonument #mtsoledadcross #columbuscircle, ad infinitum

Symbols mean something different to each of us. Statues and other art are symbols of our history—history that should not be dismantled or forgotten. The problem arises when symbols (i.e. a confederate flag or monument, statue or bust, or painting) become offensive to someone for one reason or another—ethnic, racial, cultural, political, or other reasons.

Should history be revised or edited, or censored just because it is offensive to some?

What about dictators and their symbolic flags, etc.? As deplorable as the Nazi and axis regimes were, should Hitler’s and Mussolini’s and Hirohito’s pictures and political flags and symbols be obliterated from our cultures? If history is to be remembered, and it should be, then those symbols must be reinterpreted, not as an expression of support, but as a reminder of our past and an admonition not to repeat it.

To many today, the name Margaret Sanger, or Francis Galton, or Eugene Debs, or Joseph Stalin, or Mao Zedong mean little or nothing. Should they or their symbols be erased from history?

It is the same for disdainers of Columbus, or Lincoln and Lee, or Washington and Jefferson. Do we whitewash and “sanitize” history according to our perspectives? Or do we use some common sense and discernment to view history as a teacher and we as learners; deducing how we can better live and coexist?

There are some who will try to revive these historical emblems for nefarious purposes, and that is something quite different. But culturally, I believe we need reminders of our history—reminders of the good, the bad, and the ugly—whether they be in museums or parks or other public places. We should know our history and be able to properly interpret and explain it, viewing it through the lens of God’s truth and His principles of liberty and love.

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1 Comment »

  1. Monday, August 21, 2017
    Good morning, Dan Hite!
    Thank you, once again, for penning Truth that transcends any of our American citizens who have been trapped by lies.
    God’s blessing(s),
    the Williams Family, Troy, MO

    Comment by the Williams Family — August 21, 2017 @ 8:55 am | Reply


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