Sunday, June 27, 2010

I am not my ancestors and they are not me!

{stepping up onto my soap box.}

We've all heard it before, "Oh, I wouldn't want to find out about my ancestors, there might be one that was a horse thief or something worse!" or "I'm afraid of what I might find out about them." blacksheep BAH!

If you don't have the time, say so! If you don't find it interesting, say so! I understand that not everybody finds history or genealogy interesting. But don't make up silly excuses for not wanting to do genealogy.

My response to the people that use these excuses is usually: "Oh none of that stops me. Especially since those are the people that leave so many records." smile_teeth [followed by a short chuckle]

Ok I'm not trying to convert anybody to genealogy. It's not like if I get one more convert I get a toaster! I mean don't just discount doing it because of the fear of finding out your ancestor didn't pay his taxes in 1854. Since when have we become a country of 'fraidy cats?

The more I think about it the more I think my future response may be: "I am not responsible for the actions that my ancestors may or may not have done." [delivered with a very stern look]

Of course it could also be said to those same people, "Maybe they don't want to find out that you are a descendant of theirs!"

Why does everybody want to take credit for or is ashamed of something that someone else did? Maybe it is the group mentality of humans: you know how we all are proud of our football/soccersoccerball/hockey teams that win a tournament when we had absolutely nothing to do with the winning of said award.

But I do believe that as a society we have got to make history a priority for our children. As Winston Churchill stated, "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." This is the same as with our ancestors, if we don't look back and see what they did, we might repeat the "mistakes" that they made.

I'm sorry for my outburst but sometimes people irritate me with their goofiness!

I will get off of my soap box now and return to my more pleasant self. smile_wink

Hope you enjoyed, glad you stopped by and please come back again ;)


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