An accident of birth determined our gender, race, nationality.
Our upbringing moulded our values, beliefs and attitudes.
Our environment influenced our relationships, education and employment.
Our decisions made us individuals.
We create our own legacy as we progress through life, leaving our stamp on this world.
It is equally as important to know and understand our history.
The journey travelled by our descendants has left its mark on us.
Not all our history is comfortable.
There have been events that have been positive and negative.
Understanding them in the context of their time is important: don’t appraise them with modern eyes.
Be inspired by it, enthralled by it, abhorred by it.
Remove your blinkers, be prepared to hear the other side, agree to disagree.
Don’t cherry-pick, or misrepresent events.
To fully understand the present, you may need to consider the past.
You can’t change history, but you can help make the future.
Look forward with confidence, glance back with an open mind.
Do good in this world.
See the best in people.
You only get one life.
Don’t mess it up.
“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” Thomas Jefferson