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4.20.2017

A different approach to studying and using historical writing that values the unity of truth

I say that "values the unity of truth" because these days historians, or so-called historians, consider truth to be relative or some kind of 'power play' perpetuated by mostly white people and Christian western culture and civilization. We just have to stick with and engage older historians these days, for the most part, which isn't a horrible thing anyway. Time-vetted historical works are obviously valuable in many deep ways, it goes without saying...

Until roughly the 1930s, American higher education was based on what was explicitly called “the unity of Truth”—“ the conviction that all truths agreed and ultimately could be related to one another in a single system,” writes Harvard historian Julie Reuben.

Pearcey, Nancy. Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes (p. 153). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.

In addition to the above paragraph the unity of truth also means truth doesn't evolve or change with the time. What was truth for 5th century Athens is truth for people today in any part of the world.

So here's an approach to world history that gets at foundational elements that give unique understanding of human nature, the ways of the world, the nature of power, and even current psychological phenomena.

Study the five main cities in world history:

1. Jerusalem
2. Athens
3. Rome
4. London
5. Washington

Not really just the 'cities' but what they represent. In most cases they represent an empire of one type or another. I guess in all cases. And because they represent empire their influence in the world and through time - until our very own time - gives added dimension to getting understanding from history.

For Jerusalem we have the Bible.

For Athens we have her own classic historians such as Thucydides.

For Rome we have Edward Gibbon.

For London there are many histories of the British Empire. I read Niall Ferguson's Empire which I can recommend highly. It's not politically-correct, and I got some of the understanding of psychological phenomena that is current that I mentioned above from this book. For instance a lot of the interplay between the races, especially black vs. white, but lately all the races (because they've all learned it now). How black people play on white guilt, for instance. Why our world looks the way it is currently. Much of this has to do with consequences of actions committed by the British around the world. And to a lesser extent other European countries, but mostly the British and their Empire. The United States, unfortunately, seems to get all the blame nowadays for what other European countries and the British Empire did.

For Washington (or just American history) there is Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America and the epic three volume History of the American People by Samuel Eliot Morison.

For tyranny you can go to Paris and France's archetypal Satanic revolution. Then to fill that out further and see an empire development of that darkness go to Moscow/Saint Petersburg.

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