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  •  Ulysses S. Grant was, like most great people, (16+ / 0-)

    complex, and not always easy to comprehend.  His 1862 General Order Number 11, for example, seriously discommoded a number of my family members.  Oh well.  Some of our founding fathers owned slaves, and yet were far ahead of their time; and Grant was, to put it gently, unsympathetic towards Jews, but he helped bring slavery to an end.  

    Whether we like it or not, we have to accept the good with the bad, both while reflecting on the lives of historic figures and while judging the current crop of future historic figures.  We are a flawed species, individually and collectively.

    For this you went to college?

    by Not A Bot on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 06:31:38 AM PDT

    •  Well said! That's what my best history teachers (5+ / 0-)
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      tried to convey.  Not just dates, names, and places...people.  Living, breathing, flawed people.  Just like us. With all our passions and foibles, our nobility and savagery.

      Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances can accomplish amazing things.  So can ordinary people in ordinary circumstances.

      Flawed, we are....but we are also the stuff of the stars.

      We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

      by The Marti on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 08:23:25 AM PDT

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