Know thyself

By understanding history, I mean unlearning history as we know it so that we might see the face behind the masks: history not as the story of great individuals overcoming the injustices of their times, but as the intensification of ongoing conflicts among the persistent forces of existence. Confronting the past unmasked, we might understand the world we have been given and even ourselves, for each of us has been born from the world, determined by its history, charged with the dynamism of those forces playing out the processes of domination and submission, conflict and resolution, discord and harmony. The past is not dead. It is your soul.


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