If You Don’t Learn About History, You’re in 2017

A well-known saying, especially in the field of history, is, “If you don’t learn about history, you’re doomed to repeat it.” Unfortunately, we live in an age—in a world—where this expression is truer than ever. We are living, yet we are not learning. Our leaders speak out, yet do not think. We make mistakes, micro- and on a global scale, and we continue to repeat them.

exterminate |ikˈstərməˌnāt| verb [with object] destroy completely: after exterminating the entire population, the soldiers set fire to the buildings.• kill (a pest): they use poison to exterminate moles.

The Chechen Republic, also known as Chechnya, is a federal subject of Russia that is currently interning and exterminating homosexual men in concentration camps. In fact, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov aims to formally start his “campaign” on May 26th in hopes for a rapid cleansing of all gay men from the land as soon as possible—thus making an entire population extinct.

ignorant |ˈiɡnərənt| adjectivelacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated: he was told constantly that he was ignorant and stupid.• [predicative] lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about something in particular: they were ignorant of astronomy.• informal discourteous or rude: this ignorant, pin-brained receptionist.• West Indian easily angered; quick-tempered: she could be very ignorant and he had no intention of getting involved in an argument just now.

On the other side of the world, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, amid current upheaval about Trump’s call to drop weapons on Syria, ignorantly referred to the death/concentration camps under the regime of Adolf Hitler that saw the death of six million+ innocent Jewish people, gypsies, homosexuals, Polish people, and many other lives. Spicer, accordingly, downplayed Hitler’s actions by implying his genocide did not compare to the horrific devastation Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is causing in Syria.

Oh, and of course, the United States is not doing anything to help the victimized lives in Chechnya and Syria.

I’m a gay man myself, but I’m not biased. In fact, it’s not about being gay, or Democrat, or liberal. It’s about being a human being. It’s about humanity. It’s about right and wrong. It’s about having one life and calling to be part of something bigger. And yet, how are we here? How has nothing changed?

Nothing changes if nothing changes.

RO

Cover image property of: Haber Arti Turk

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