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Mark Tobola

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August 17, 2020

My family and I enjoy a good movie as much as the next guy.  One of the more recent movies we enjoy is called "The Monuments Men."  It is the story of a detail of men from the United States, tasked to protect and collect rare and classic art before the Nazi's could destroy it during World War II.  

Recently we have been thinking of watching the movie again, and we re-watched the movie previews. And therein was a line that got my attention: "If you wipe out all connections to a people or a time and place in history, it ceases to exist, and it is forgotten about completely."

That line struck me as being far more important right NOW than ever before in our lifetimes. And why?  Well, in recent months we've been seeing our nation rip down all sorts of historical monuments, all in the name of... Well I don't really know WHAT to say it is in the name of.  We are destroying our connections to the past that we have risen above and moved ahead of. Or have we? Are we simply beginning to circle the same drain of ill-will, and becoming nothing more than our misguided ancestors were?

For every Action, there is an equal and opposite RE-action. We learn this thanks to Newton's Laws of Physics. But it occurs with society, with attitudes, beliefs, and lifestyles. People realized that slavery was abominable, and it was cast out. But if you wipe out the connections that lead to the establishment of slavery, and then how it was stopped, sooner or later people fall into the same cycle again and repeat the same sins of the past.  

So with all the craziness we have going on, I'm hearing of monuments removed, flags removed, statues torn down... and the old saying I've heard comes to mind: "Time is like a river, and history repeats." After learning more and more about history over the last two decades, I can plainly see how this is God's honest truth. I think any of our history students who truly dig into history can agree. I'm just left wondering if all of these choices made while caught up in the current emotion of things going on will come back and haunt us in the near future.

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Mark Tobola is a resident of Thorp and weekly columnist.

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