Wednesday, October 10, 2007
October 12 A Commentary
Christopher Columbus (1451 – May 20, 1506) was a navigator, colonizer and one of the first Europeans to explore the Americas after the Vikings. Though not the first to reach the Americas from Europe, Columbus' voyages led to general European awareness of the hemisphere and the successful establishment of European cultures in the New World. It is generally believed that he was born in Genoa, although other theories exist. The name Christopher Columbus is the Anglicization of the Latin Christophorus Columbus. Also well known are his name's rendering in modern Italian as Cristoforo Colombo and in Spanish as Cristóbal Colón.
It always amazes me the hatred that comes out for the Discovery of the New World. Don't take me wrong, the atrocities were there and what the Europeans did to the Natives was terrible.
Nonetheless I wonder why people don't have much hatred for the Germans, or the Japanese, why do people hate the Jews who were the victims of the Holocaust and The Spanish Inquisition (Catholic Church at it's Worst)? Why people don't have hatred for the Greeks, or the Romans, which were the most atrocious conquerors of this world. What about the Aztecs? Don't get me started about slavery of Africa, that includes Africans selling other Africans, and Europeans loving the bargain, because the Natives were either sick or dieing!
In my opinion this kind of hatred is stupid, it solves nothing. Instead having hatred for something that happened , 60 , or 500 years ago or even 2,000 years ago, use your energies positively. What happened in the past is gone and should never be allowed to happen again, but it will. I am glad to have been born in the New World. I am glad that I was born on the Island of Puerto Rico, and I am very glad that I am a United States Citizen. Take responsibility for your life and your destiny, don't allow the world to hyphenate you or box you into a group.
Choose Freedom, Liberty and Happiness, One day another meteor will hit the Earth, and one Day the Sun will go Super Nova, but today we can enjoy freedom of speech and the freedom to worship due to the discovery of the New so called World. Fight for EQUALITY , and against Injustice. Don't fight for wars 500 years in the past. Do you remember the book "Leviathan"? Be Unique and express your individuality, don't hide in a corner and let go of hate it poisons the soul!
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