History has a 20/20 aspect to it. When we study the past, the heroes and the villains seem clear cut. But in the moment it can take a while to truly understand the circumstance. To speak truth to power. To put a hand out to those in need.
George Santayana, a philosopher and poet, said, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Many of us take part in democracy by casting our ballot and then putting our trust in the leaders who are chosen. Hoping they have the moral compass to do what is right for their country and for the human race.
For the youngest and oldest among us.
But that is not always the case.
We have seen the children. We know.
Poet Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
We can keep discussing it. We can pressure lawmakers. We can tell our children. We can vote with our wallets.
Once you know something you can’t un-know it. You can’t stand by.
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.