Today, we live in a very arrogant society. We seem to assume that we are better, smarter, and more "progressive" than those who have lived before us; That each generation has improved on the last in every way.
While we have certainly seen improvements in technology in the past hundred years, I believe that it's wrong to discount the lessons of our fathers, both of those more recently learned (by parents and grandparents) and of those from thousands of years ago (fore-fathers). What' s the famous quote? "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.." (George Santayana)
The problem is...if we don't know anything about the past, and about our ancestors, we can't possibly remember them. And therefore, we can learn nothing from them. I used to think of history and genealogy as a boring collection of dates and facts...and that is how it tends to be presented the majority of the time. But the reality is...those who came before us were REAL. They felt the same emotions we feel. They experienced pain and heartache; excitement and joy. They had failures and successes. They learned life lessons and made sacrifices for their loved ones.
A couple of years ago, my husband and I bought a piece of property with the remains of a cabin built by Mormon settlers in Missouri from 1837. Remarkably, it still stood and it fascinated me.
Even more amazing were the records and journal entries left behind by the newlyweds who lived there. I read everything I could find about Charles and Sarah Rich and they began to seem very real to me. I felt a connection to them despite living nearly 200 years apart. And so I started a project (www.heartsoffarwest.com) to collect stories of those living in this area at that time (to some of whom I am directly related).
I was reminded of the scripture in Malachi: "And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
We NEED to know parents and grandparents. We NEED to know our ancestors. We NEED to know those who sacrificed their lives so that we could be FREE. It certainly takes some work on our part, but the lessons of history and the lives of those who have gone before us can and should have a great impact on our lives. Human nature has not changed. Throughout history we find patterns of success and failure that repeat over and over again. We have so much to learn and we truly are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past if we know nothing about them.
Our hearts will turn to our fathers when we catch a glimpse of what was in their hearts. Only then can we identify with those who’ve gone before us and the distance of generations that separate us will be no more...
our lives and our hearts woven together.
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