Re: history By: Lark Moderator / Knowledgeable Jun 10, 2015
Post # 4
You cannot change history. What has happened has happened.
But re-writing history happens all the time. This is especially true about the history of various wars in the past. Since the winner gets to write the history they do it so they seem to have been in the right whether that was true or not. Re-writing history is what propaganda is all about.
As an example, back in the 1960's the US decided to go to war in Vietnam because of the "Tonkin Gulf Incident" where North Vietnamese gunboats attacked US Navy ships. It wasn't until the 1990's when McNamara admitted that whole incident was manufactured just to give us an excuse to intercede militarily in Vietnam. The Tonkin Gulf Incident never happened. That re-write cost us 55,000 US lives and our faith in what our government tells us.
Like Lark said, history has been set in stone, you can't "literally" repeat or re-write what has been already done. Trust me if that was possible, I think a lot of people that has had bad luck or bad experiences, would have already done it. I would say, don't focus on the past, focus on the present and how to better life for the future.