Temporal Relativity

Historians spend their lives trying to organize the events of the past in a meaningful chronological sequence. That same ideology is passed down as something that is drilled into students' minds as early as grade school and doesn't let up.

But the simple truth is, it's tough to put thousands of years of recorded history in perspective when you're a little over a quarter of a century old.

You may have been alive during the assassination of JFK and could tell me exactly what you were doing when the news broke. But as far as I'm concerned, that assassination, along with the invention of the cotton gin and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, happened simultaneously.

Even if all events prior to April 1981 did happen at distinct points in time, that information is irrelevant to me. History essentially tracks the changes of society over time. Since my birth is the first thing that happened to me in the real world, in my perspective, no change had yet occurred. Some event had taken place, other events had yet to transpire.

And that's not all. The instant I'm dead and gone, every future event as far as time spans will have already taken place.

They say those ignorant of our history are doomed to repeat it.

A far worse fate? Repeating the present.

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