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No, history is not “what happened in the past”

What it really is, and why that matters

If a tree falls and no one hears it, does it make a sound? If an event wasn’t recorded, did it really happen?

So no, history isn’t just what happened in the past. History is the RECORD of what happened in the past.

Tough luck, cat.

A history, it turns out, is a form of power wielded by whoever gets to tell it.




Doc Ayomide’s writing: thoughts, questions and observations on hope and pain, faith and love — and being better at being human.

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Doc Ayomide

I write essays + a weekly newsletter reflecting on what it means to be human and live meaningfully, drawing on insights from psychiatry, Christianity & Apple.