Jeff Morey
One of the best things about reading “History “.
Sat Aug 17, 2019 16:53


One of the best things about reading “History” is finding out how frequently we superimpose the present onto the past by way of our imagination. We simply assume that by “overalls” Matthews meant exactly what we would be referring to when using the same word today. As I understand it, Travis wore “homespun jeans” at the Alamo. But, I have no idea what an 1836 pair of “homespun jeans” would be made of or look like. We all know what a Bowie Knife looks like. But, no one knows for sure what Jim Bowie’s knife looked like. I think that if we could travel back into the past, we would be absolutely flabbergasted by how very different the past was compared to the way we’ve imagined it.

My Best,

Jeff Morey

  • Re: “Overalls”?Bonb Cash, Sat Aug 17 16:24
    Thanks, Jeff. I was having a little hard time of it trying to imagine Frank with a holster strapped around bib overalls.
    • One of the best things about reading “History “. — Jeff Morey, Sat Aug 17 16:53
      • Now you've gone and done it!olds, Sat Aug 17 20:28
        Your goose is well and truly cooked. What is all this palaver about "imagining" the past? I was under the (mis?)impression that that sort of thing was verboten around here. Don't let Kenny, for one,... more
        • Intimations...Jeff Morey, Sun Aug 18 07:47
          Olds, Perhaps the most we can hope for are fleeting intimations of the past. While this sounds like a minuscule and frail accomplishment, to those of us whose curiosity about the past is passionate,... more
          • Agreed, but...olds, Sun Aug 18 09:05
            68 years of hanging around this foredoomed planet, as well as interrogating the nature of the centuries previous, is all the proof I require to know that humanity never has and never will grasp the... more
            • Being a pessimist myself....Jeff Morey, Sun Aug 18 09:52
              Olds, Being a pessimist myself, I have no retort to your pessimism. I would like to see something, noble, grand, and visionary in the human spirit. But, Mark Twain saw through all of that humbug:... more
              • Terrific Twain quote.olds, Sun Aug 18 10:34
                Agree with every word. So then why were we schooled in Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Connecticut Yankee--not that there is anything wrong with that, just not to the exclusion of The Mysterious Stranger?... more
                • “The Mysterious Stranger”Jeff Morey, Sun Aug 18 11:54
                  Olds, There are two reasons we aren’t schooled in “The Mysterious Stranger”. 1.) “The Mysterious Stranger” requires a certain kind of experience and a certain amount of that kind of experience to... more
                  • I prefer to imagine youolds, Sun Aug 18 13:19
                    as my mysterious friend, if that's OK with you. Unknowable, but in the best conceivable way. I agree about teaching The Mysterious Stranger to high school Freshmen, even Sophomores, but by Senior... more
                    • Denial...Jeff Morey, Sun Aug 18 17:43
                      Olds, Yes, denial “ is a survival technique”. But, survival techniques which distort reality have a messy way of not panning out. When we are in denial, what exactly is it that we want to “survive”... more
        • Listening to Olds head rattle...Anonymous, Sun Aug 18 06:53
          I could have explained Olds's point in twenty five words or less. I doubt most people bothered to read his head rattle...but they will now!
          • Greg Ellison’s Rattling HeadBill Dodd, Fri Sep 6 12:46
            Greggie, you left out so much. What about your enemies list and the nationwide roundup of them by the FBI for all those death threats they made against you? And what about your near alien abduction?
          • It’s obvious...Jeff Morey, Sun Aug 18 08:24
            Anonymous, It’s obvious your post was meant to be petty and mean spirited. Otherwise, you would have identified yourself. As long as you post your swipes at Olds anonymously, no one can possibly... more
            • Thanx, butolds, Sun Aug 18 09:26
              perhaps we ought stop feeding the beast, as it were. Just ignore his or her petty swipes and let the words and their tone speak for themselves, which they do. That said, mystifying. Never experienced ... more
              • “The Beast”Irvin Blankenship, Mon Sep 2 16:19
                Mr. Olds, Your assessment of this person is correct. He previously attacked you on July 14-18, 2019, using his cowardly “Anonymous” moniker. The man lives in continuous conflict. Along with other... more
              • The Truth Never Gets Old...Anonymous, Sun Aug 18 19:19
                but defending nonsense from Olds must hurt your brain!
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