One of my favorite things about conservatives is that they are guardians of history. It matters that certain things happened the way they happened and not in the way that some future generation thinks would make a more compelling narrative. So, you may appreciate this anecdote.
I host trivia about once a month at a bar in DC. Tonight I had a Connections round -- Nine questions, with the tenth being how they are all related. The connection was "Communist Countries" and question 8 was: "To get out of World War I, which country signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with the Central Powers?" A girl yelled out: "Who are the Central Powers?" People sort of laughed. I repeated the question. She yelled out again: "Who are the Central Powers?" Finally, I responded to her directly: "I'm sorry, but you should know that." The whole bar cheered. She slunk down in her seat. I worried that maybe it was too hard of a question, but when I collected the answer sheets, everyone had gotten it right.
I admit that there are some things I don't remember learning, have never learned, or will never learn. When it comes to major events in the 20th Century, though, I try not to make public displays of these gaps in knowledge. Thankfully, all but one person tonight seemed to know something about World War I and were embarrassed for that one person who didn't.
I feel an unusual sense of relief.