How To Make History

The short answer:

Do anything.

The long answer:

The Orioles and White Sox will play Wednesday at Camden Yards in a game that will be closed to the public.

From what I understand this will be the first time ever in the history of baseball that two teams play without fans allowed in the stadium. What an eerie scene that will be…

And as a side note, isn’t the point of MLB to make money? A big loss will happen when there are no tickets to be sold, no concessions to be consumed, nor merchandise to be purchased. As much as we like to think big leaguers love the game, they’ve got contracts to be paid like any other employee…

The thing is when people made a notable impact on the history in the past; it was just because they were doing whatever it was that they were going to do. This happens now to but in a different way.

Take the American Revolution for example. It happened because they didn’t want England to control them any longer. They didn’t do it to make a new country that would become a world superpower. They were just fed up with being pushed around and now they just push others around.

Even further back in time, people were just going about their lives minding their own businesses when a guy named Herodotus decided that for his business he wanted to record about what people were doing. So he wrote it all down. “Although some of his stories were fanciful and others inaccurate, he states he was reporting only what was told to him.”

And that is kinda how all history is if you look close enough.

There has been much said about how history is the story of the winners. Howard Zinn wrote a book called “A People’s History of the United States” and it is from the perspective of the untold stories. American history has long been noted to be primarily from the perspective of the often targeted white male. Just like other groups don’t all share the exact same habits, characteristics and behaviors, neither do white males. But that is beside the point.

Herodotus is often thought of as the “Father of History” but he has also been criticized as the “Father of Lies”.  The point is that whatever you think of this old dead guy, or any old dead people, the stories told about them are always just that. A story.

Honestly we tell ourselves stories about our own lives.

Here is a whole collection of Ted Talks devoted to the subject. We often take the role of the protagonist being that we are in the first person of our own lives.  Sometimes the stories we tell ourselves help us achieve great things. Other times the stories we tell ourselves hold us back, keep us down, or make excuses for our behavior.

Stories are powerful.

But I wanted to talk more about history.

We live in a day and age where people are all about making history. As if we had a choice. But we do in a way. We have a very specific choice on how to present our version of our story to the world. And it is often a cause of mental insecurity.

We have opportunities to edit, rewrite, photoshop and program events to give off a precise tone, flavor or message. All you have to do is take a look at any politician ever now days. It is always a managed manicured image with spin control on high speed.

But we have allowed this to creep into our personal lives. We think twice before commenting on our friends post. We wonder if we push “like” what exactly does that mean. We filter photos on Instagram. We are warned about the dangers of posting pictures of us doing things that we are not ashamed to do but then later are supposed to regret or pretend didn’t happen. And don’t get me started on Twitter “breaking news” and hashtags…

The recording of life is always on. Pictures are being taken everywhere. Video footage is rolling of you eating lunch at your favorite restaurant or buying groceries. Traffic cameras are live. Police cameras are watching.

Google is listening…

And I am sure I forgot about a whole host of other recording devices.

Then there are the voluntary recordings we make. We think we are making memories. We are making a digital trash heap. Photos used to be something to go back and reflect on an event. Now they are nothing more than to swipe right and occasionally share.

People have become hyper sensitive to having things go just perfect, such as their wedding day. I understand wanted it to be pleasant, but what is perfect? Why so much swelling emotions when someone brings you the wrong dinner order? Why yell at an employee for making a mistake with your transaction? Why so much violence and hate?

So as baseball plays on in near silence while we wonder what exactly should we do to make history…

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