If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?
If you teach it right, it’s good gossip, but most don’t teach it right. We forget that history is what we make it. It is what they made it. And yes, history is written by the winners. That’s why the Northern books of the bible have vanished and all that remains are the Southern books. When they were carried off, the Northern books were lost. Since the Southern Israel aka Judea was a piddly shit little country with few assets and very little value, they remained and their books won the history contest.
John Quincy Adams was a pain in the ass to the opposition [much like John was to the Continental Congress] but when he died in his chair on the floor of congress, one of the Southern Opposition was heard to say at his funeral “Goodbye old man, we’ll miss you.”
Martin Luther was a drunk. He had beer stain that had the Lord’s prayer at the bottom. He said “This mug has raised more prayers to Heaven than I ever have.” The tacking of the theses to the Church door was a result of an Alcoholic Snit. [And let me tell you Drunks can have snits better than anyone else around.] It boggles when you stop to think the Protestant religion is based on an alcoholic having a fit about something his superiors did or didn’t do. It had nothing to do with God or God’s will but rather Martin Luther’s will.
The same for the Christian religion which should really be the Paulian religion for Paul never met Christ, nor was he a disciple of Christ. In fact the disciples barely talked to the man and after he pushed the one who was known as James the Brother of Christ, down the church steps in his snit, they didn’t talk to him. So the entire Christian religion as we know it [except for a small James based church in Turkey, which came from the disciples and Christ’s teaching] is based on one man who was a close relation of Herod. The Christian religion is based out of a Roman’s delusion about what he thought Christ was. Personally with the Ass in the road and the Angel it makes me think he had a bit of a schizophrenic break.
A fly on the wall at any time would lend interesting insights into the men who created history and why it was created.
If I had to pick one, it would be 1776. I would really love to be in the Continental Congress while it was going on. We know they tried to avoid a mob rule of Democracy and they wouldn’t accept a Monarchy so they settled for a Republic eventually because the Confederation was too loose. It would be interesting to listen to the discussions. It’s probably the last time a Congress had half a brain between them. It’s also amazing that we lasted as long as we have. They expected us to fall apart in 50 to 100 years and we would have if Abraham Lincoln hadn’t broke the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. He denied the south the right of Succession, which is allowed any state.
James Madison stated about such states: “A Union of the States containing such an ingredient seemed to provide for its own destruction. The use of force against a State would look more like a declaration of war than an infliction of punishment and would probably be considered by the party attacked as a dissolution of all previous compacts by which it might be bound.”
Declaration of Independence: “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of the ends for which it was established, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government … Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of the ends for which it was established, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government.”
That’s another fly on the wall moment, but the First Continental Congress is my choice. Maybe it’s just because my mother said, after watching 1776 with me, I was just like John Adams. I would like to see the man in action.