The Violence We See Lately… It’s Nothing New

We’re all troubled by the violence that we’ve been seeing on the news but when I had my history books out and was reading about attacks on ancient Spain, it surprised me how things have not changed. What is happening in the Middle East is a seven-hundred-year-old scenario. And it’s tempting to believe that humans are by nature cruel and destructive but that would ignore the great strides we’ve made toward world peace. Take for example the racist singing from University of Oklahoma fraternity members. It wasn’t long ago that racism like that was ignored. Today more and more people speak up.  It may take awhile for the world to become kinder but the world as a whole is not barbaric. It used to be and we all have ancestors somewhere back in time who were probably very cruel. And look how nice we turned out.

Suellen Ocean is an author and genealogist. You can see her books here: