Post # 422 Sorry that I’ve been absent. I’ve been busy. What with the Christmas holiday and the families, and the parties, (both of them) and the preparations, I’ve just not been attentive to this blog. And then there was the flu!!! It was a typical story, one of the grandchildren contracted just before the “gatherings”, then someone else “got it”. Finally my wife got it. I became an isolationist and hunkered down in my Man-Cave for a couple days. To no avail, on December 30th I was found!! It was a 48 hour event plus another 72 hours to resemble normalcy, it takes us old folks a little longer to recover. The news told me the flu was wide spread this season and my state, Indiana, was hit hard with 9 deaths so far.
It was in the final days of my agony that I ran across a PBS story of the Flu outbreak, of 1918, one hundred years ago. There were 30,000 deaths in Philadelphia in October alone! Some towns tried to Quarantine themselves from the outbreak, but the mail and mail carriers, carried the “bug” to them. Over the year 500,000 people died from the flu, and over 30 Million worldwide. Plain wooden coffins were stacked up on porches awaiting pick up. Certain communities dug mass graves to get rid of the all the coffins.
In my early years I was an history fanatic. I loved all I could read about it, Greek, Roman, European, U.S, whatever. I knew of the Black Plague, but no one taught on this 1918 Flu. So it’s been a couple of days and I keep thinking back to my history studies in High School and College. The more I think about this history thing the more I realize that our history is primarily a study of the have and have-nots. I’m going to say that as you study history you’ll see that what we really we study, is Politics.
I’m going to define Politics as nothing more than one group of people managing (overseeing) the events and lives of another group of people (or territory) whether voluntarily or by force. It was politics that; defined the territory/leadership/economies of Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, Middle Ages, Arabs, the Church whether European or English, the Irish economy and the exodus from the potato famine. The Virginia Colony, land grab from the Indians, our battles with the British, and the Spanish for more land was all political.
As I thought about it, Politics seemed to be at the root of all the history we are told about. There is no discussion of the positive non-political character of our souls. Only minor discussion about after our bombing Germany and most of Europe into dust in WWII that we funded the continents reconstruction, and that only one or two of the little Scandinavian countries ever paid off the debt. This list goes on even into modern times, of aide we send everywhere, of countries we “payoff” to maintain our friendship.
It was 100 years ago, 1918, we lost more people to the flu in that year that we lost in all wars in the 20th century. Maybe we should stop studying politics and spend a little more time in the Bible where caring is more important that taking.