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06.25.2020 (18 Days Ago)
A Statue
A Statue
18 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:

I’m not sure how many times I’ve seen the statue of Teddy Roosevelt in the front of the Museum of Natural History in New York City. The statue that is now being taken down.
I first saw it as a child on one of the many trips I was taken on to the Museum. More recently, I passed it with a grandchild that I was taking to the Museum.
I must have been exposed to so many other statues, works of art and symbols that must now be re-examined. More difficult will be the necessary process of recognizing the impact of those many messages that shaped my perspectives. Perspectives imbedded that need to be exposed to the healing sunlight.

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  •  Fred wrote 18 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I’m not sure where I stand on this issue. I may need more sunlight...
     
       
     
     
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  •  CarlyMeyer wrote 18 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    The past, present and future will never be perfect. The statue is also a reminder of how far we’ve come. Not sure it’s a good idea to remove parts of history. We are a sum of our parts, ever evolving.
     
       
     
     
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  •  VincentPetraro wrote 18 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    An additional problem, who decides what history is? I have seen many false stories and comments about Christopher Columbus, for example, that too many believe to be true. Saying that, it is bad enough when government removes statues, but to allow mobs to illegally destroy public and private property is beyond comprehension.
     
       
     
     
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  •  MarilynGenoa wrote 18 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Excellent Blog
     
       
     
     
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  •  Victoria_Drogin wrote 18 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    We need to see our history or we are destined to repeat it. I agree that times are changing. And context is important. I agree that many of the statues celebrating Confederate generals might be better situated in museums about the Civil War, much like Nazi memorabilia is appropriately preserved in Holocaust Museums to remind us of the horrors of that regime, for example. Not sure I agree with the violent destruction of property by arbitrary groups without debate, education or regulation. (What is the justification for removing statues of abolitionists or generals from the north who fought to abolish slavery?) It reminds me of Afghanistan, Syria, and frankly, 1984. we need to understand where we came from in order to do better. Condi Rice acknowledged this when she said that our nation was great, although we had a “birth defect“. Right now, I am scared we may kill the patient.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 17 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I agree with Carly. We have a sorted past and likely will have a sorted future. I am not happy with the removal of statues as it was our history and whether good or bad, it happened and should be explained and remembered. Taking down our past references just removes the past as if it never happened. Is that really the point?
     
       
     
     
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  •  Odey_Raviv wrote 17 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    The reality of humanity is that Everyone sees symbols differently. As students of history know, the victors and the conquerors have been able to shape the events to their desires.
    But, in the era of High Tech, everything has changed forever. Everything is out there to be seen. But, even so, as Fred Klein mentioned in his blog on Rashomon, people's views on what they see is based on what they want to see!
     
       
     
     
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  •  ShelleySimpson wrote 17 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Tearing down without building up is simply destruction. How many of us have walked past that statue and didn't think anything of it? How many might have been impacted subconsciously? Perhaps the solution is what Victoria suggests, that these works of art be kept in exhibits that describe them in context and impact. Like any work of art, sculptures are wonderful teaching tools. They offer an opportunity for people to pause, reflect, and perhaps grow. Tearing them down won't really change anything but taking a real close look just might.
     
       
     
     
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