“What’s the point of talking about the history?” … Hearing myself whisper to inside of me, realizing that it even gets louder when someone says, “It’s all the past.” It hurts, at times.
Discussing the recent history might be supposed to be depressing, for everyone. Also for myself, having to bring up the ‘War’ period. I notice that people over here even tend to use the word ‘戦前’ (senzen), ‘戦後’ (sengo), which mean ‘Before the WW2’, ‘After the WW2’, in order to distinguish our history, as having lost in WW2 has had a huge meaning for us. I cannot help it but letting myself to remind myself of the WW2 every time I think of Japanese history.
So should we end the discussion by saying, “It’s all the past”? – Well, I don’t think so.
Fortunately, I have the chance to have my voice heard in front of my audience, people, who are nice enough to listen to me. I wouldn’t say it is easy for me to speak up, because definitely it really is much easier for me to just change the topic back and fourth to avoid the certain topic that could possibly be controversial. ; I rarely have seen people talk about it as a result. I am not saying that not talking about the history is wrong, but, at the same time I think that not talking about it at all pretending that there was nothing happened in the past doesn’t feel right. I hope I make sense here.
There is a saying “The history repeats itself.” It sounds true to me, or even it could be worse according to our past history, when I look at the global situation that we are currently in. Humanitarian crisis, discrimination going on between different races, violence, possession of weapons…I believe that the history is not all in the past. : Now and the past are always connected, and actually what’s happening right now could be derived from what happened in the past. I made myself understand that this saying, which, “the history repeats itself” is trying to warn us that if we did not try to solve the core of the issue, we would make a same mistake again in the future”.
So, what can we do now? ~ I am not sure if I could answer to it. Or maybe we don’t even have the answer. But at least, while writing this down I can see the point of talking about the history, which is, “To understand each other better.” We all have got different education, based on the different point of view. You may agree with me, but you may not on some topics, which should be okay. I believe that discussing it, and knowing other perspectives help you to put yourself in their shoes, which enables us to avoid more conflicts, or moreover it can bring us into peace in the end.
Thank you for reading 🙂