Reading the past

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This is a really interesting article and the cause of great debate. It is reminiscent of the recent call to remove statues of notables from Oxford and Dublin Universities because of the ‘Colonial Gaze’ of the individual.

The question that may be asked is this …… If we remove all these works and individuals from our past because they cause affront and trumpet colonial attitudes and prejudices how do we learn about history?

If we paint over the past, is there a possibility we will cease to learn, or have no opportunity to learn, from their mistakes?

And how will those in the future view our attitudes and actions or lack thereof, in relation to refugees, rape, abortion, homophobia and the environment?

http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/may/04/when-you-cant-read-past-an-authors-prejudices-conan-doyle-gk-chesterton

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About lindandsam

Linda is a poet and writer. She is a student at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) completing Bachelor of Creative Writing. Published in the USC Storyboard, 2015. Self-published ‘Where is Gedhum Choekyi Nyima?’ For the Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, 1997. She lives in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and shares her life with her partner and their four-legged fur babies Hugo and Tashi-la, and their second-hand book shop.

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