March 27, 2014
“The past is a teaching principle but haunts the mind and centers the writer to tell the story in the present.”
The past has much to teach but perception of the facts can shape the telling. In African history the Griot maintained the history by the retelling the story in words and songs. The griot resides in us all as we tell history. This history in our businesses and lives are maintained and held as tragedy, miraculous and/or momentous points to regale.
History can be a teacher but the student must be listening. As the listening is taking place the present must be point of reference so not to alter the perspective. Many often say, I wish we could go back to the past or some time frame. It is up to the teller to hold the past and present in balance so that there is a future.