Calgary Herald

All generation­s will look back in history


Re: Judge not, lest you be judged as well, Letter, June 28

Historical figures are being judged en masse by, as the letter writer accurately put it, self-appointed judges. He raises an excellent point: that our era will be judged by future generation­s, just as we are judging our predecesso­rs.

Personally, I'm not too scared by this warning. At least, as far as I'm aware, most people in our generation haven't erected genocidal institutio­ns that later have hundreds of Indigenous children buried beneath them.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but that is what we, the self-appointed judges, are judging.

I am curious about the way that history is fetishized, to the point that we are not allowed to judge men who did objectivel­y horrible things. I would also like to know why people think that actions of our own era should be exempt from future judgment. Kerri Lawrence, Calgary

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