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Man is in his actions and practice, as well as his fictions, essentially a story-telling animal. . . Deprive children of stories and you leave them unscripted, anxious stutterers in their actions as in their words. – Alasdair MacIntyre
On one level, we know that storytelling is critical to nurturing one’s creativity and imagination. Stories connect us to our families, to our experiences and to our lives overall.
But this quotation struck me as I thought about America’s past. The Left is trying to corrupt and destroy our history and our stories. Who are our Founders? What were they like? What did they contribute to the birth of the United States? What has America contributed to the state of the world?
Not only are those questions relevant, but hearing stories that provide balance, color and depth to our history is so very important. We know that George Washington owned slaves, and he was probably our greatest president. We know that Harry Truman made anti-Semitic remarks, and he was the first national leader to support the declaration of Israel’s statehood.
With all the efforts to distort or erase our history, we are losing the stories that we would pass on to our children. How will they understand this country and the importance of their own role in taking forward our virtues and foundations?