Sunday, February 21, 2010
Welcome, and Why...?
Thanks for joining me on my first blog endeavor.
Why, you may ask, have I selected this particular (and peculiar) title?
The adage (oft attributed to Winston Churchill) "History is written by the victors" is ubiquitous. As is Napoleon's "History is a set of lies agreed upon." In these pages, we'll explore the history not recorded, the truth forgotten--in short, the history of the losers.
Through intention or ignorance, general education (particularly in Western cultures) is dominated by the Helleno-Roman legacy, informed by orthodox Christianity. While I acknowledge the impacts (some of them good) these influences have had on modern society, the roadblocks they have placed in the way of other cultural contributors are too often excused or overlooked.
Goths. Arians (as opposed to Aryans). Parthians. Names and peoples forgotten to history. If remembered at all, they are typically dismissed as barbarians, heretics or mere footnotes in the stories of true civilizations. Here, we will attempt to present them in perspective, and to draw a picture of their true contributions to liberty, freedom of thought and the upward march of humanity.
I invite you to join in the discussion, offer your thoughts and even suggest topics for consideration.
Thanks again for joining me, and welcome to the ride.