Is history needed?

Many people may not understand or like some of my letters as my husband will tell me at times that I was raised wrong. But since growing up, I have had reality “stuffed down my throat.”

When people display bad behavior, anger, hatred, stupidity by protesting, why? I have been told that, quite possibly, history will stop being taught in school. Again. Why?

Each generation must go through life and be able to handle the good with the bad. They must be exposed to reality. Does anyone really understand, the people before us (since the beginning of time) were thrust into horrible situations but had they not have been brave or tough enough to face reality, where do people think we would be?

Slaves have been around since Biblical times. Other countries, nationalities, races, religious beliefs, were all targeted. Asians, Egyptians, African Americans, Jewish, the list goes on.

So I guess what I am trying to say is, possibly you came to America in horrible conditions, but it wasn’t much easier for the people trying to escape persecution, families being torn apart or murdered to have a better life.

Protesting does little because it’s been done to death, plus people use it as an excuse to riot, loot, blame everyone else for their mistakes and stupidity. How dare people threaten the very country that gives them the right to “be free,” “to speak free,” and to be able to travel freely throughout this beautiful country.

I have no sympathy for people who whine, cry and carry on because someone “done them wrong.” Grow up. Teach your children what it is like to work hard, to have strong work ethic, strong family values, religion, and be proud of their accomplishments. But in order to be a good, mature parent you must allow them to learn life is not always fun or easy. Teach them about slavery, persecution, the Holocaust, life, death and above all, teach them to live by the Golden Rule, God’s “Law, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Just be honest with them, they will love and respect you for that honesty.

Katherine Archer Slaybaugh Shipe

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