If you only learn one thing in school, learn that history happens again.
It may look different, when it arrives. It may smell different or talk differently or wear different clothes. But trust us, it’s happened before.
If you know your history, you can see it gaining on you in your rearview mirror.
This election may seem at first glance to have had a lot of firsts. The first time one candidate won the electoral college and another the popular vote. The first time someone so clearly unfit to hold this office rode in on a wave of fear and anger. The first time fake news became such a big deal.
But none of this is new. It’s just been forgotten.
There’s no real way to stop history from happening again. History happens because people are people, have always been people and will always be people. People develop strong emotions and once you’ve convinced people of something, it’s nearly impossible to convince them of something else. So history marches on.
What can change is the reaction.
Today, at this very hour, people all over the country are protesting. They are exercising this most American of rights because they hold certain truths to be self-evident. They hold certain truths to be self-evident because these are the truths they’ve been told to hold that way. They’ve been given these truths to hold in their hands and defend to the last.
They aren’t going to give these truths up.
What we have to foster from here on is conversation and understanding in the face of fear and anger and mistrust. We have to believe in each other as humans and fellow countrymen. We have to respectfully disagree, when we disagree, but we should at least understand where we’re coming from.
And above all we have got to remember that this country is bigger than ourselves.
We’re heading into an upheaval, kids. None of us knows exactly what will happen or when–it could take another hundred years. But if we look behind us we see that it’s coming.
Learn your history.
The Decline + Fall Studios team