Does History Matter?

This question may seem rhetorical, but it’s not. Seriously, why does history matter?

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If you’re paying attention, you’ve seen that people can’t seem to make up their minds…the Republican nominee for President, Donald Trump, dismissed his gross statements about sexual assaulting women as “11 years ago” in an attempt to render them non existent by time.

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The director of the recently released, “Birth of a Nation” Nate Parker, has made a film that he claims is necessary to bring the horrid truth of slavery to the forefront of our current american culture because the past matters. Yet he dismisses his own Rape trial as irrelevant because it was “17 years ago” See slate article below:

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2016/09/nate_parker_s_sexual_assault_trial_and_the_quest_to_confront_the_dark_side.html

So which is it? Does history matter or not?

TOK Journal Collect #2: Your Thoughts Needed on the following…

Think hard!

#6…..What is Truth?  Is truth possible? Lastly, does it even matter if something is true or not?

#5….Consider a piece of culture…the movie HER for example, or Fight Club, or even another work of literature/philosophy…Thoreau’s Walden comes to mind…how does the creator of that cultural artifact view the essence of technology? What is their point of view?

#4….Kant famously wrote “I had to deny knowledge in order to make room for faith”? Unpack and discuss this statement in a TOK way!!