From Bunny to Duck and Back Again: My History, Your History, Our History.

Posted on September 29, 2011

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Lately, I’ve been thinking about biography.

We are all of us biographers both of ourselves and of others, formally and informally, and we employ a variety of means and media to write the stories of our life and lives.

I’ve also been thinking about the power of perspective.

By a simple switch of focus — sometimes intentional and sometimes not — our understanding of phenomena can change drastically.

I’ve also been thinking about history.

Either our history is a story of slow and steady progress punctuated by temporary moments of uncharacteristic horror or it is a story of slow and steady brutality punctuated by fleeting moments of uncharacteristic civility.

I have one hope.

With a simple switch of focus, perhaps, I / you / we can create a world in which all of our descendants, from every imaginable perspective, can easily and honestly tell a story of progress and civility — even if that story only starts from this or some other not-too-distant future moment.

It is a faint hope but I prefer hope to despair.

 

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