Generation That Knows Nothing About History Obsessed With Being On 'Right Side Of History'
One of the great mantras and arguments from the younger segment of our culture is that we need to make decisions regarding societal issues in a way that will put us on the “right side of history.” The idea is that we don’t want to be like those who invented slavery, or created plastic straws, or any other awful thing.
“History will remember us,” says social influencer Katie Fisher. “Let’s make sure that those who come after us don’t remember us for causing the extinction of humanity. We need to make better choices, so when our names show up in future history books we aren’t embarrassed. All of those old people from before I was born are on the wrong side of history. I want to be on the right side of history.”
Fisher talks about being on the “right side of history,” but when pressed, doesn’t actually know anything about history. She and her generation can’t put the American Civil War in the right century. They don’t know what nation America fought for its independence. They cannot explain what the Holocaust was. And they think Americans invented slavery.
Mike Sparr, one of Fisher’s followers on Instagram says, “It doesn’t matter that we do not know history. We can still learn from it. We can know what we want to be known for. That’s the point. Where’ve history falls on that, we just want to make sure we do the right thing. And when I say the right thing, I obviously mean… they thing we think is right. For instance, you don’t want to be the guy who invented Christianity. You want to be the guy who is responsible for the #MeToo movement, right?!?”