Why do we want to tear down his statue when he hated slavery?

I read a Citizen Tom Post titled, Gen. Robert E. Lee: A Man Worth Remembering, Not Erasing,  In the post was a writing by the General expressing his hatred of slavery, yet he chose to side with the Confederates during the Civil War..

A commenter provided a link that explained that even though he hated slavery, his leadership resulted in the loss of thousands of lives during the Civil War.

The Purpose of This Post

Is to relate two King Solomon verses to the folly of how removing his statue will not only erase his memory but will also erase hope for future generations.

King Solomon

No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them. (Ecclesiastes 1:11

Anyone who is among the living has hope –even a live dog is better off than a dead lion! (Ecclesiastes 9:4)

What’s My Point?

The Citizen Tom post contained this following statement and question.:

“It is history that teaches us to hope.” Why would we want to erase it?

My point is to question the wisdom of the statement “that history teaches us to hope.”

In other words, if the statement is true and we choose to erase history, are we are engaging in the same folly observed by King Solomon 3000 years ago?

In My Opinion

What we all should consider is why we humans wind up repeating the same foolish decisions of past generations.

When we choose to either forget or erase history, we erase the lessons we should learn and understand about the folly’s in history along with the hope that the future will not repeat the same follies of past generations.

If we read and understand the folly of why the General choose to side with the Confederacy, we will better understand his decision was based on his belief that the politicians in his time were wrong about States’ rights vs. Federal authority, not the issue of slavery.

In other words, when we erase the memory of people who by made foolish choices in their lifetimes, we increase the chances resulted in a war because of a political disagreement.

For example, consider the General agreed that slavery was wrong, yet decided that there was no other choice but to war to serve his political beliefs at the time.  

The General decision resulted in thousands of lives lost along with the hopes of both those who lost their lives, their families, and their Nation engaged in a war.

Sad, what King Solomon observed was future generations will never wise up and learn not to repeat the same follies that he both observed and engaged in during his life time as a result of human vanities.

The same vanity that Adam and Eve chose to believe we humans know more than our Creator.

In other words, unless we wise up to understand our susceptibility to vanity to believe we know better than past generations, or our Creator, there will never be any hope in the future that we humans will wise up and learn from history.

The lesson we can learn from General Robert E. Lee in my opinion was his folly to choose to engage in war instead of finding political compromise for his disagreement about States vs. Federal authority.

While some will say the end of the Civil War served to end slavery, I disagree and believe slavery would have ended by political compromise same as other Nations in the world were changing to end slavery at that time in history instead of choosing to engage in a war to solve political disagreements.

If Interested

Read the Source links below and a previous post suggestion of a solution for Civil War statues.

You Decide

Is there any truth in the statement,It is history that teaches us to hope?”

Is there any hope that in the future we humans will ever wise up to understand the lessons of wisdom and love in the Bible instead of continually erasing the lessons of wisdom and love and over time repeating the same follies?

Is it wise to also tear down statues of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Columbus, etc. etc., instead of learning about either the good or bad wisdom and follies they engaged during their times of lives because it is worth remembering so as to either learn to emulate the good in their lives or not repeat the bad in their lives to aid hope for the future?

Regard and goodwill blogging;

Source Links

Citizen Tom Blog Post

Commenter Doug’s Link

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/the-myth-of-the-kindly-general-lee/529038/

Source link of statement, “it is history that teaches us to hope.”

Previous Post – Pondering a Civil War Statue Solution

https://rudymartinka.com/2017/08/19/king-solomon-pondering-a-civil-war-statue-solution/