With regard to the 20th century Nazis and extermination of 6 million Jews, most Jewish people do not wish to forget the past and to forgive those who committed the atrocities as opposed to those less knowledgeable about their past history – the history of the Jews.
There are, however, other either uneducated and ignorant of history, misinformed and misguided, individuals both the very intellectual and cultured and the illiterate or less-educated, non-cultured, people, who say:
the past is past and is of little concern to them and in their minds of little influence upon their present lives
(who fail to realize that some of those very embarrassing and/extremely humiliating moments they were subjected to by conscious, or unconcientious
racial acts or actions were influenced or caused by and were the product of past pre-slavery and post-slavery (17th to 19th century A.D.) classifications and interpretations, made with regard to who Negroes were and where they came from! Who, until some in their later years change their life styles –just live for the present and hope to die happy!
Note the following Egyptian and Greek :”Epicurius”s quotes –
Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die]
or, yet still others, indifferent or fatalistic to it all would be placed in-between, falling in between the cracks with their individual philosophies on life who die diffused with their perceptions of and hatred and passion against “the powers that be” after having lived less than successful- less than abundant or less fortunate lives.
Or like the famous author of nationally and internationally well known books about the Nazis, William Shirer (Inside the Third Reich), or more realistically like Plato who thought that heaven, the Elysian Fields, was the reward for all the injustices and unhappiness on earth.
But there were Roman skeptics. … Epicurus, for one who indicated
there is no immortality, he was sure, and therefore “death for us is not an evil, it simply does not concern us, for while we exist, there is no death, and when death comes we are gone.”
William Shirer stated:
Without subscribing fully to his view, even after I lost my faith in the Christian certainties of the hereafter, I have always liked the waqy Epicurus put it:
‘Faith in immortality was born of the greed of unsatisfied people who make unwise use of the time that nature has allotted us. But the wise man finds his life span sufficient to complete the full circle of attainable pleasure, and when the time of death comes, he will leave the table, satisfied freeing a place for other guests. For the wise man one human life is sufficient, and a stupid man will not know what to do with eternity.”
George Eliot was equally skeptical. For her God was unknowable and immortality unthinkable.
“An observation or two about my own view of life, as a background to these memoirs: Only rarely have I paused amid he triivia of living which make up so much of our existence, and out of which come the setbacks, the triumphs, the sorrows and the rare moments of happiness,
to consider how puny and unimportant we all are, how puny, in fact, is our planet. Even the solar system of which the Earth is a negligible part, is but a dot in the infinite space of the universe. The limited space and time that we can comprehend are nothing in the incalculable extent and age of inorganic nature. Who can say, then, that the purpose of the universe, if it has a purpose, has been to create man?
“Who can even say that there are not billions of other planets on which there is some kind of human life, perhaps much further advanced than ours, or at least more sane, meaningful and peaceful?
“Every person’s life is of importance to himself, of course; it is the only one he has and knows. But in the universe of infinite space and time, it is insignificant. Qu’est qu’un homme dans l’infini? Asked Pascal. N”:othing.
“Perhaps Carl Becker, the historian, and one of the most civilized men I ever knew, grasped best our piddling place in the infinite.
“Man (he wrote) is but a foundling in the cosmos, abandoned by the forces that created him. Unparented, unassisted and undirected by omniscient or benevolent authority he must fend for himself”,
[Note: As a twentieth century Negro spiritual said
“There is nobody else can do it for you – you got to do it for yourself.”
“He must fend for himself, and with the aid of his own limited intelligence [meaning, limited by his place in life – not in what he was born with but with his immediate, personal, individual , favorable or unfavorable – socio-economic situation or position in life – where he is situated – individually – family, and community.
William Shirer …
[Note: Or give some thought to what Hobbes said.
“And in a rather savage world! The longer I lived and the more I observed, the clearer it became to me that man had progressed very little beyond his earlier savage state. After twenty million years or so of human life on this earth the lot of most men and women is, as Hobbes said, ‘nasty, brutish and short.’ Civilization is a thin veneer. … “ [Recall what happened recently this year in Brazil ! ]