- Apr 15, 2016
I certainly understand the desire to defend the honor of ancestors and don't want to demean or belittle that. They sacrificed their all for what they believed for their times was the right thing to do.
This is the cruxt of the problem.
Defending the honor of ancestors that were morally wrong just continues the immorality.
This works in societies the same way it does on individuals. If you can't admit there is a problem, you will never grow from the experience.
Much of the malignance that comes from the Lost Cause comes from the fact that people don't want their sacred notions disabused with such a thing as 'historical fact.'
And that's one of the biggest things I'm just gobsmacked by - my great great grandpappy's actions have absolutely nothing to do with me as an individual. Hell, the first person by my sirname that landed on what we become US soil was a slave owner. I can't say I really care, other than acknowledging the truth of that and moving on.