Post copyright 2016 by Doris McCraw
The opinions in this post are that of the author. I make this statement in advance of the topic of this post.
If you wish to take over a civilization and its people, destroy their history. When you stop to think about what we as a people believe, what would we be without it. Our history goes back not only to the beginning of this country, but back to ancient Sumeria, Greece, and Rome to name a few. The myths and legends we have in our collective conscious are many and varied. Some of us want to make trips to the Holy Land, others to see the Parthenon. These are the stories we grew up with.
More recently, the founding fathers, the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. The myth of the cowboy. What would we be without those stories?
Now let’s move on to Women’s history. Elizabeth Blackwell, Betsy Ross, Cynthia Parker are some of the more well known. There are not as many women represented in this collective history of our civilization. Is this on purpose, or just an oversight of the early historians? Perhaps a bit of both.
My point is, without those ‘heroes’, without the stories of their lives, we can be left to struggle even harder to find our place in the world. Each generation finds their own ‘idols’ to look up to. As someone who has always been fascinated by the stories of both the men and women who came before, I’ve had many who helped guide me through the maze that is called life. I’ve learned from great grandparents along with other family members. As an avid reader, “Siddhartha” by Herman Hesse along with the stories of the Olmec and Toltec made a substantial impression on me. Simon & Garfunkle’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” helped as I navigated high school. (Simon & Garfunkle’s “Bridge…” https://youtu.be/H_a46WJ1viA) These stories helped to define who I became and am still becoming. I’m sure all my past influenced my desire to share the stories of the ‘lost’ people, especially women, from our collective past.
The point is, without our history, without the stories, what would our Civilization be? Who were your influences and what difference did they make in who you became? What do you think our world would look like if all our past was destroyed?
The next time someone says, that’s old, we don’t need it anymore, pause to make sure it really won’t be needed. Our elders are our treasures, treasure them, we are treasures, treasure them and our children are our treasures, treasure them.
Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw. Originally from the mid-west, Doris now calls the Rocky Mountains her home. Doris is a writer, historian, actor,and teacher. An avid reader Doris loves to spend time in history archives looking for the small, unknown pieces of history. Many times these pieces end up in her stories or poems.
“One Christmas Knight” Medieval Anthology
“Angel of Salvation Valley”
“A COWBOY CELEBRATION”
HOME FOR HIS HEART
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Author, Speaker, Historian-specializing in
Colorado and Women’s History
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Every step you take should be a prayer.
And if every step you take is a prayer then you will always be walking in a sacred manner.
Oglala Lakota Holyman.