An unconscious truth
It seems so because many of the peoples of today want to leave the past in the past… It’s all about the here and now, and of course what comes tomorrow. We live in equally depressing and exciting times; the technological age mixed in with global warming, mixed with the Olympics (yes that happened this year) and the recession BLAH BLAH… it all becomes noise after a while, the same ol’ stories, very much a la comedian Tommy Tiernan’s (@tomedian) classic take on the current debt crisis:
I suppose most would have expected me to post this closer to that day (24 Sep – for those keeping score) but that would contradict what I’ve just mentioned.
Anyway… imagine this; cast your mind to a world minus all that came before us. Imagine each generation went about tearing down whatever the generations before them had created. Where would we be? – most pertinent to that though is; who would we be? The concept of culture would be dead. The word would be foreign to our ears, and since language itself is something we carry from generations past, would we not be communicating in strange, rudimentary and different ways: clicks and sign language, each person with his own take on it…
--- Quote: --- The History Boys (2006, IMDB)
"Tom Irwin: Um, Rudge...
Mrs. Lintott: Now. How do you define history Mr. Rudge?
Rudge: Can I speak freely, Miss? Without being hit?
Mrs. Lintott: I will protect you.
Rudge: How do I define history? It's just one f****n' thing after another.
[raucous laughter from the other students, but the interview board is appalled]"
I imagine quite a confusing world. Or perhaps just a basic one.
And so, we need what came before, because without it, we’d be nowhere nice, transported back to mumbling cavemen – Neanderthals. And yet, even in our evolution and progression, we never cease to find ways to complicate our lives more and more… what a strange bunch we are.
However, stepping away from your generic and immediate associations with the term heritage, let’s take a quick look at heritage on a grand human scale; Globalization, which could very well be counterproductive in the quest to preserve our heritage, has yielded UNESCO – and thence… world heritage sites. Here, take a look; can you imagine a world without them? And yes, though many are natural wonders, provided by mother earth herself, we humans do just so happen to have an uncanny knack for destroying things, don’t we?
This: just to make you think a little harder, especially on a Monday…
We forged new ways, continue to invent new things, because we are pioneers, searchers, adventurers... it's part of who we are - but so is our past, even if we're not always aware of it.