History relies on truth, facts

LETTER

My response to Meredith:

Story telling belongs in literature. History is about the truth and verifiable facts.

This may be unpleasant at times, but it is the only thing that releases people’s aspirations and hopes.

Story-telling “history”, based on “personal stories”, can only subvert justice and engenders prejudice.

Thanking you.

Steve Aspden

My response to Meredith:

Story telling belongs in literature. History is about the truth and verifiable facts.

This may be unpleasant at times, but it is the only thing that releases people’s aspirations and hopes.

Story-telling “history”, based on “personal stories”, can only subvert justice and engenders prejudice.

Thanking you.

Steve Aspden

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Lara Meyer - 19 days ago
Mr Aspden,
I think I can safely say that much of world history is not necessarily factual nor truthful and it is naive of you to think that history is true merely because someone wrote something down and claimed it as truth. C'mon mate!
Historical narrative has always been massaged to suit the purposes of whoever it is that tells it. Additionally, the success of epistemological racism has been that Eurocentric versions of what constitutes knowledge have always minimised the value and legitimacy of non-white narrative and knowledge.

Cheers.

Turei Kaa - 18 days ago
I totally agree with you Lara - having been here a few years, I am sceptical about history. If you don't see it yourself, how do you know its true? Just because it is written doesn't make it true. Written history is littered with lies, ie Iraq who it was said was nuclear capable, all written down - we now know it was a big lie, leaving Iraq in a mess. Also, if you can't tell a myth from a fact, ie Maui fishing up the North Island, we're buggered.

Tony - 18 days ago
Lara, well said. Turei, I suspect that separating myth and fiction from fact is beyond the reach of Mr Aspden. Hence, his concern.

Weary NZer - 16 days ago
We've all played the age-old game of whispers. Stories twist and change over time, with each retelling.
So do historical accounts - each perspective adjusts the narrative a little. The Bible is a prime example - how many different versions are there of that? How many differences arose just through the translation process (which is akin to a literary version of whispers)?
Yes, we have written accounts. Yes, there are verbal accounts that have been passed down. Neither one is 100% accurate - history favours the victor, after all.

The dialogue today is about finding the parts of those stories that line up - since those will give us the most accurate version of the story.
Or at least it should be.
Enough of the whispers. Focus on improving now.

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