In order to keep myself from dwelling too much on unpleasant things (which, I’m sorry admit have been plaguing my mind increasingly as the days wear on), I’ve been doing everything I can to preoccupy myself with other things. I’ve been getting out of the house just to get out of the house, driving around so that my mind can focus on driving and not thinking. I went out and bought an Apple TV device so that I can watch Netflix on my TV — anything to fill up my days and nights. While watching random movies in the past few days, I learned of a new series on Showtime called The Untold History of the United States. Presented by filmmaker Oliver Stone, The Untold History tells the stories from our nation’s past that we think we knew. This series is not a “retelling” of US history thru the lens of one person but, in fact, is a broader examination of other parts of the story that we may have never heard before. I’ve been extremely impressed with what I’ve seen thus far. Click below to see video of the first episode of the series to see if this is something that might appeal to you, too.
As a student of US history, I’ve always considered myself a pretty well-educated person on the historical events that have shaped our great nation. What I’m realizing from watching this series is that I only learned part of the story of US history. As is to be expected, the history lessons I learned painted the US in the best light possible, highlighting the great achievements and, in some cases, exaggerating our greatness. For example, the narrative that we were taught in our history lessons of World War II is that the US is largely responsible for the end of WWII and we were the great heroes. Yes, we played our part and yes, we have many heroes but other nations played a more important role in the way the war played out. My fear is that some people may consider it “unpatriotic” to suggest anything other than complete US supremacy but it has become increasingly clear to me that our history lessons left a lot of information out of the overall narrative. Here is the full first episode of The Untold History of the United States titled Chapter 1: World War II. If you have the time, I highly suggest to watch it in full. It is a terribly interesting and extremely enlightening look at many events of WWII that you might not be aware of:
For me, this series just presents new information that I wasn’t totally aware of before. This new information does change a bit the way I look back on history. This alone is enough to pique my interest in order to learn more.
I dunno, I know that History is a very boring subject for many people but I’m a fan. This series has done much to preoccupy my mind and open it up a bit more. I’ve been out of academia for a very long time so anything that broadens my knowledge is very welcome to me. So yeah, distractions … I’m workin’ them overtime.
I promise, I’m going to do my best to keep the moody stuff to a minimum. The last few days have been hard, I can’t lie. So if you don’t hear much interesting personal stuff from me in the coming days and weeks, just know it’s only because I’m trying to spare the spread of my melancholia. I do sincerely hope you guys are having a great holiday season. This is a time for love and laughter and I wish you all copious amounts of both.
Merry Xmas Eve Eve, y’all.