Unless you lived in a cave your whole life and had absolutely no access to books nor Internet, in which case you wouldn’t be reading this, then you heard about Schrödinger’s cat already. If not, please do me a favour and Google it, easy peasy.
How does Schrödinger’s cat relate to History, anyways?
The only way to find out whether the cat is alive or dead is to open the box, right? But if it’s kept close, then, we are in a state of uncertainty. Picture this: History is the cat locked up in a box. We do not have the power to open the box – except if we invent a time-traveler. Therefore, we will live our whole unsure about what actually happened. Think about this, how do you know that what you were taught is the truth? Even worse, how can you be sure that what you believe in is actually exists? Hell, I could dig deeper and ask how do you know that you really know anything at all? I do not have the answers and neither do you. In actual fact, doubt and knowledge co-exist together, as an eternal paradox just like Schrödinger’s cat. Just like hundreds of theories about our existence and our origins. They can be both be true and false at the same time. Innocent until proven guilty, right?
My argument is, everything we know we created it ourselves. Our language, our culture and our History. We are brought up in society and we are taught the norms. In my opinion, we got to a point and time where norms are being altered and cultures are changing to adapt. What was deemed as « not normal » 60 years ago is almost totally accepted today. In the same way, History could have been modified to suit society’s views.