Answer: Because no one cares for the okey-doke, and so now here we go...
Every time I hear someone say something to the tune of “forget the past,” I see engineers crumbling up blueprints for building houses, cars, airplanes, ships, you-name-the-object, and tossing them in waste bins to pull ideas from out of nowhere, to start from scratch on a clean slate.
Frequently I wish not to see what I see, but be it as it is, the foundation of our present comes from the past. Homes, cars, planes, ships and similar artifacts are not built out of thin air. They come from somewhere. And so do those things we're led to think we should put behind us.
Now I do realize this is construed as "thinking way too deeply on the matter.” Most that speak of “forgetting the past” are simply referring to moving past regrets, and slights, and abuses, and oh, here’s one... those old dances. Although dancing is centuries old, some dances like the Cabbage Patch and the Bump and the Slow Grind, and others that came in one season, you’d look like an old fool out on the dance floor doing in this season.
I do ‘get it’, in the same way I get the importance of taking respectful stock of our present born out of our past.
...Such as ‘saying grace, or blessing the table or food’ before eating. Where did that come from, and how long has it been around?
Eating to survive is another one. The concept, nothing to minimize, reminds me of Sean Kenniff's book, Être the Cow. (Frankly, Must Read this Parable).
And how about walking head up…or let’s say, upright. That hasn’t changed; though perhaps one day an invention will change this.
We still must breathe, and currently the preferred infusion is oxygen.
And though that popular saying declares, “the only thing for certain is taxes and death,” there is a possibility that taxes might one day become a relic of the past.
Which brings to mind one physiological need often overlooked. Civilization! This is a very basic need that brought us out of the ‘so-called’ Dark Ages... to our Present, which I’m convinced that a thorough deep look into ‘this part’ of our past, will help us better appreciate the causes men and women have worked towards, that promises to maintain civility for as many more years to come.
With that, (and admittedly since I hadn’t read past the second sentence), I revisited The Declaration of Independence.
Happy 4th of July Independence Day!