Living History

October 22, 2014

     Many things happen over the course of one’s lifetime and moreover the course of history that are of note.  Events such as the Civil War, Westward Migration, 9/11, the Watergate Scandal, and the list goes on, happened in someone’s actual lifetime.  Some of those happened in our very own.  One can’t help but think what will our time be known for?  Will it be remembered at all?  There are no doubt good and bad events going on all of the time, all around us.  For example, the good: our first African-American President, the creation and expansion of the Internet, and the Internet resulted in the first truly global business and social network of people living as one.  Now the bad: world terrorism, the Trayvon Martin incident, and Ebola (at least we all hope it doesn’t become of note).  That begs the question of what it is that our time wants to or will be known for?  Do we have the power to make that choice?  Or the alternative may be that it isn’t so bad to be historically anonymous.  Certainly anonymity has it positives.

     In history classes throughout Lexington High School, and many others classes for that matter, current events are discussed.  These discussions provide clarity and understanding to students and teachers alike.  When we take a step back though, we must wonder what the historical significance of these events truly is or even if they will be viewed as significant at all?  Living during a historically significant time period is appealing, but historical anonymity doesn’t seem all that bad either.



Jeremy Wieseler