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How can we trust history?

How can we trust history? Topic: Personal statement for teacher examples
July 18, 2019 / By Alysha
Question: How can we really trust history being taught in textbooks? I'm not referring to events such as Nazi Germany, Stalin, ect. Because these were somewhat recent events. But events and times like the ancient Rome, or the Mayans, or any historic record from hundreds to thousands of years ago. I find that these could easily be manipulated. For example, we can trust science because it can be tested, retested, and observed (for the most part). This, however obviously cannot be done with known historical "facts". If there happen to be any historians or history teachers/professors here, please let me know anything you can. Thank You.
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Vick Vick | 8 days ago
A very good question! The simple answer: you can't, really. I mean: you, Zack, personally. (Nothing personal, mind you.) History is a lot of interpretation. From waht angle are you looking? In the past, this was usually the military angle. "Varus was defeated in 9 AD", that sort of stuff. This was seen (incorrectly, in my opinion) as not politically correct. Today the focus is much more on what the people did in those times. Makes it much easier to insert a lot of political correct statements. You can much better link events to a struggle between classes. I just finished a book about the Jewish Revolt in 68 AD. Good book, i recommend it. But... it is absolutely loaded with references to a (socialist) class struggle. You have to be VERY careful not fall into that trap. Learn to read between the lines. Probably you feel a twitch somewhere. Something, but you don't know what, tells you something is wrong. Follow those twitches. Lots of events are written down, but no special attention is given to the event. As if it's something normal. Examples: Frederick Hendrick, son of William of Orange got into confilct with the Staten Government. They didn't want to do what he wanted. So he decided to lay siege to Amsterdam. While he was marching his troops towards Amsterdam, they lost their way on the moors. A passing (Amsterdam) postillion put them on the right track. But in the mean time, the postillion reached Amsterdam and raised the alarm. The prince couldn't do a surprise attack, so a stalemate happened. Now, if the military commander decides to besiege his own capital, that is usually called 'high treason'. However, since the House of Orange became the kings and queens of the present Netherlands, this was hushed up. But it is high treason all the same. Another example: The Netherlands pride itself being a straunch ally in WW2. The facts are a wee bit different: the civil administration got a salary raise of 300% the day after the Germans took over. They didn't complain! nor did they really work against the Germans. Far from it. The Dutch served, in percentage, more as volunteers in the Wehrmacht and the Waffen SS than Germans did. There was so much resistance in The Netherlands, the Germans didn't even kept an occupation army. The local police (civil servants, the chaps who got that 300% raise) was more than enough. Granted there were a lot of German troops around. But they were on RandR. That is something you don't read in Dutch history books. You have to pick up those facts as you go. Bits here and bits there. But I think you are on the right track. Keep it up! Don't let others make up your mind for you. That happes too much already.
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Vick Originally Answered: Do you trust the "Establishment" or "Mainstream" Media? If not, what sources of info. DO you trust and WHY?
I trust none of them anymore. Even the white house puts out reports and numbers that contradict themselves. They also can legally change the transcripts of his speeches so unless you have it on tape, it's nuts trying to find the truth. I have found that it takes quite a while to research any of his crap that the media puts out to even come close to some semblance of the truth. With less then a quarter of the population even bother to follow whats going on, it's no wonder these guys can just throw anything out there they want.
Vick Originally Answered: Do you trust the "Establishment" or "Mainstream" Media? If not, what sources of info. DO you trust and WHY?
The entire media where most Americans get their news from is maybe owned by 4 or 5 corporations. It is junk. The only news sources that are reputable on reporting U.S news, are the networks OUTSIDE the U.S. Yea, it seems stupid, but there is less bias and a lot more truth. Although RT news has headquarters in the U.S, it is based in Russia. RT news is by far the only news source I actually trust. They speak the truth and actually talk about both sides of a story.
Vick Originally Answered: Do you trust the "Establishment" or "Mainstream" Media? If not, what sources of info. DO you trust and WHY?
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Rowan Rowan
well, personally i think ancient history has been systematically erased and an alternate storyline pushed in academia .. why ... becasue 'if' you knew your real roots as a human and what has existed before you wouldnt follow the people currently shaping your world with the same ancient vision of world domination ....there are a few insiders that know ... also, EVERY large empire that has come along has destroyed history and evidence, knowledge and civilizations .. they have never 'furthered' the human condition or knowledge .. they bury the truth to shape their own vision ...
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Rowan Originally Answered: How can I teach my son to trust others so he can someday have a relationship based on trust?
Yeah, I had a similar problem when I was in fifth grade. I'd gotten into some really minor trouble for lying about having my homework checked by my parents. My "best friend" turned me in because she thought it would be funny to get me in trouble. When my teacher asked me why I'd done it, I told her that I didn't want to disappoint my dad. Well, she took that innocent statement as a sign that my dad must abuse me, and reported my dad to Child Services. They called me in and grilled me up and down, and of course I denied being abused, since I wasn't, and cried the whole time because I was confused and upset. They hauled my dad to jail, where they grilled him and told him that I'd told then that he hit me, kicked me, etc., which I'd never said. My dad didn't trust me, and neither did my siblings for years over the incident, and I didn't trust anyone after that for the longest time. To some extent, I still don't trust people, since everyone who was supposed to love and support me turned their backs on me. The only reason I'm not more screwed up than I am is because I always believed in Anne Frank's assertion that people are basically good. When they do hurtful things, I don't believe it's because they are bad people, but that they must have some motive that I am unaware of (but can try to speculate about), that drives them to do bad things. I try to understand people when they hurt me, and that helps me to let go of my anger towards them. The problem with doing that, however, is that there is a danger that you become too empathetic toward people and lose your sense of self in the process, which I actual did for many years. After I left for college, I realized that I needed to rediscover my self and my self esteem, because I was letting people walk all over me. I worked on it myself as best as I could, but I never completely healed until I met someone I could trust enough to discuss the root cause and all the bad things that had happened to me since. I think the best thing you can do for your son is to be there for him and encourage him to talk to you about the events that happened to him, and just let him vent his feelings. Support him and let him know that even though crappy things happened to him, that it was all just a really horrible mistake, that most people aren't like that, and that he is a good person, no matter what they think. As long as he has a shoulder to cry on and people who do support him, I think he'll be fine in the long run. And good for you for being there for him! That's more than I ever had.
Rowan Originally Answered: How can I teach my son to trust others so he can someday have a relationship based on trust?
the problem is does he trust u? i think that you should have faith in him...and let him no hes not alone...hes loved but also you have faith in him. you want him too changefor the better. it takes time.... ppl cna be cruel..a and so ignorant. ure son feels lost..and gave up ...i bet he says i dont care ..truth is he cares but hes deeply hurt..and his actions make him feel worst...he is not happy..who would be fully happy when there not being there respectful self..true self ..i pray that he will be helped and finds better path in life...

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