Am I an idiot if I cancel my trip to Scotland? I booked it and I was so excited but I have so much I want to do before moving to Virginia and the trip means I can’t do a lot of it. Am I stupid to pass up epic adventures for small-scale fun? Is it dumb to want to spend more time with my friends than traveling? I feel like it’s not but everyone is telling me otherwise. Are they right? Do I care?
The musings of a history buff with definite fangirl tendencies.
Crying does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive. Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (via katisque)
When history textbooks leave out the Arawaks, they offend Native Americans. When they omit the possibility of African and Phoenician precursors to Columbus, they offend African Americans. When they glamorize explorers such as De Soto just because they were white, our histories offend all people of color. When they leave out Las Casas, they omit an interesting idealist with whom we all might identify. When they glorify Columbus, our textbooks prod us toward identifying with the oppressor. When textbook authors omit the causes and process of European world domination, they offer us a history whose purpose must be to keep us unaware of the important questions. Perhaps worst of all, when textbooks paint simplistic portraits of a pious, heroic Columbus, they provide feel-good history that bores everyone. James Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me (via xeram)
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