The History Girl

An exploration of modern history, the way in which history has affected us today with a brutal dose of a lack of romanticism.

"137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed - it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy."

Anonymous said: "AN EXPLORATION OF MODERN HISTORY, THE WAY IN WHICH HISTORY HAS EFFECTED US TODAY WITH A BRUTAL DOSE OF A LACK OF ROMANTICISM." Pretty sure you want "affected" here. Affect: To have an influence on or cause a change in. Effect: Something brought about by a cause or agent; a result.

Yeah thanks for that. I always get confused between the two.

It astounds me that people are so ignorant as to blame a whole nation or group of people for the actions of one man. The fact that people actually think that because one Syrian, or one Muslim or one person from any other non-white ethnic group has done something atrocious then the whole of this group is to blame, that they are all like that. People actually still use the words “savages” and “uncivilised” to describe whole civilisations! And these are people who can vote, who actually get a say in how our country is run.  We live in a world with vast amounts of technology, with information at our hands, yet people still choose to be ignorant. We have technology, phones, computers, that allow us the amazing ability to be able to contact and get to know people from the other side of the world and yet we choose to be reclusive. We still live in a nation that is so blatantly racist, even now, because we choose to ignore the abundance of communication at our hands.  Politicians preach about the economy, about our well being and yet it is their greediness that has left us in want. The only problem with immigration is the abundance of hate, of misunderstanding and ignorance. We live in a nation that fights terror by killing people, blames the poor for the consequences of the rich’s actions, that denounces teenage mothers but condemns the use of abortion. We live in a world where millions are living in poverty, starving, despite the fact that the world has more than enough resources to provide for everyone. We donate money to charities in order to resolve problems our ancestors created- our soldiers are dying in wars that fight the men we once armed. Politicians claim they want peace, yet our largest source of income is through the trading of weapons.
We’re a nation of nothing but pure hypocrisy and greed- both America and Britain. A nation that condemns a man for killing another human being because of his own horrible beliefs and then suggests that we ‘burn him alive in wembley stadium’ so that everyone can watch. Nations that have the audacity to demand that western way is the only way, to stand there and say to other countries “Democracy or Die” and invade, aid and corrupt countries, not in the name of their own well being, but in the pockets of ours. 
Throughout history nothing has changed, people are still killing and dying and hating eachother, millions of young men died in the second world war fighting for something they thought would bring peace, harmony, love and hope and instead we spit it back at their feet. What did these men die for? I say its time we began to practice what we preach and learn to love one another- or spend the rest of our lives in misery, greed and hate.

It astounds me that people are so ignorant as to blame a whole nation or group of people for the actions of one man. The fact that people actually think that because one Syrian, or one Muslim or one person from any other non-white ethnic group has done something atrocious then the whole of this group is to blame, that they are all like that. People actually still use the words “savages” and “uncivilised” to describe whole civilisations! And these are people who can vote, who actually get a say in how our country is run.
We live in a world with vast amounts of technology, with information at our hands, yet people still choose to be ignorant. We have technology, phones, computers, that allow us the amazing ability to be able to contact and get to know people from the other side of the world and yet we choose to be reclusive. We still live in a nation that is so blatantly racist, even now, because we choose to ignore the abundance of communication at our hands.
Politicians preach about the economy, about our well being and yet it is their greediness that has left us in want. The only problem with immigration is the abundance of hate, of misunderstanding and ignorance. We live in a nation that fights terror by killing people, blames the poor for the consequences of the rich’s actions, that denounces teenage mothers but condemns the use of abortion. We live in a world where millions are living in poverty, starving, despite the fact that the world has more than enough resources to provide for everyone. We donate money to charities in order to resolve problems our ancestors created- our soldiers are dying in wars that fight the men we once armed. Politicians claim they want peace, yet our largest source of income is through the trading of weapons.

We’re a nation of nothing but pure hypocrisy and greed- both America and Britain. A nation that condemns a man for killing another human being because of his own horrible beliefs and then suggests that we ‘burn him alive in wembley stadium’ so that everyone can watch. Nations that have the audacity to demand that western way is the only way, to stand there and say to other countries “Democracy or Die” and invade, aid and corrupt countries, not in the name of their own well being, but in the pockets of ours.

Throughout history nothing has changed, people are still killing and dying and hating eachother, millions of young men died in the second world war fighting for something they thought would bring peace, harmony, love and hope and instead we spit it back at their feet. What did these men die for? I say its time we began to practice what we preach and learn to love one another- or spend the rest of our lives in misery, greed and hate.

“I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black men, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge as made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.

Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say “Do not despair.” The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder! Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men—machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have a love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.

Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it’s written “the kingdom of God is within man”, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.

Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill their promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!”

-Charlie Chaplin
the Great Dictator

"Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot."

“Why did you break our windows?  We have done nothing.” he said. 

She said: ” It is because you have done nothing I have broken your windows.

“That’s what the enemy is to you, huh? A fucking buck toothed cartoon dreamed up by some asshole on Madison Avenue to sell soap. Well, let me tell you something, the Jap I know, the Japanese soldier, he has been at war since you were in fucking diapers. He’s a combat veteran, an expert with his weapon; he can live off maggoty rice and muddy water for weeks and endure misery you could never dream up in your worst nightmare. The Japanese soldier doesn’t care if he gets hurt or killed; as long as he kills you. You can call them whatever you want but never ever fail to respect their desire to put you and your buddies into an early grave.” - John Basilone

"No one else on the summit paid much attention to what was going on. The action had all the significance of a new football being tossed into a game in progress"

"No one else on the summit paid much attention to what was going on. The action had all the significance of a new football being tossed into a game in progress"

“History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men”

—   Alan Bennett