Gardens and History
It’s funny (to me at least) how similar history is to gardening. If a garden isn’t tended it will revert back to nature in very little time. History if not tended will progress to total misunderstanding, myth or become the forgotten.
Gardens are planted and cultivated, as is history, oft times. How much have we heard about
Some of the plants we grow in the garden are cultivated weeds. Some of these weeds escape and become problem plants elsewhere. Without writers, historians and gardeners, everything would revert back to a natural state. Perhaps it would be better.
How could this be? Isn’t it said that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it? Maybe it’s the memory and bitterness over history that perpetuates wars that have been going on for hundreds of years. Maybe it’s the memory of bad treatment or loss of property that keeps racism alive today.
War can demoralize entire generations. I remember hearing vocal resentment in 1975 about Germans and the Japanese, from a war that ended 30 years earlier. Can you imagine how long the
I will agree that it is a historical memory that makes us who we are today, but it is our lack of a “forgetory” that prevents us from moving forward more than a little every generation.
I just wonder what things would look like if we allowed our history to go fallow for a couple generations.