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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Time does tell
Tearing down the statues is the topic du jour -- or so it seems.
It began with the tearing down of the statue of slave-trader Edward Colston in Bristol. Francine Howarth, historical novelist, wrote an impassioned opinion, which aroused a huge amount of comment on facebook.
Personally, I am against the tearing down of history. I was sad when the statue of Robert E. Lee was destroyed, as he was a true hero in his time. He just happened to fight on the wrong side.
In Japan, I was intrigued to find secretive memorials to the kamikaze pilots. But why shouldn't they be remembered? They, too, were on the wrong side. Their courage is undoubted.
But, as British poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, described so eloquently in 1818, it all makes no difference, in the end. The lapse of time rules.