24 mai 2009

Revisiting history instead of present times

A striking fact about contemporary media is the ability to continuously revisit known and well documented facts instead of questioning current trends. There is not one week on the European TV landscape without a  broadcast on the World war II, especially with regard to how the German people and administration have been literally built up against the Jews. No question that the issue if of utmost importance, but shouldn't we spend a little more time on similar moves beginning under our eyes - with other communities? Compare the discourse on the values of the Jewish population in the 30's, ant its alleged incompatibility with the German society, and the discourse on the Muslims values in Europe today. Focussing on the rethoric, and not the consequences of it, which are of course different, reveals strong similarities. It is easy to look back at history and realise how bad we were, and how quick a population can be excluded by the majority when there is a need for a scapegoat. But I make the hypothesis that the more we look back, the less we are able to realise today's events' nature. And this, even more if they have similarities with the past. We tend to think that certain historical facts cannot be repeated, since they are shown to be marked by a specific context. But those facts, unfortunately, do repeat, yet with marginal differences. We do not see them coming, beause we are too much involved in describing how they appeared in the first place and how it was a "singular and exceptional fact", thus, we think, not to be repeated. Too much history impedes our capacitiy to analyse present times.

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