Carmel Voice Word Is Ocotber Column
January 1, 1970Word Is:
Thing is, since World War II the Jewish people have collected money to buy land in Israel. The land now known as the country of Israel was purchased from the Ottoman family. Palestinian people never owned that land, but worked it for the King. Forgotten is the fact that the Jewish people bought their land from the actual owner.
On that subject of land appropriation and claims after conflict, the veritable model is our own Monterey example. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo shows land boundaries changing from one country to another, but contrary to what Richard Griswold Del Castillo wrote in his book ‘A Legacy of Conflict' that begins to say the Mexicans were opposed to the treaty, of course the Mexicans were against it. Forgotten was they were the Federalists, who lost to the Californios. Families like Arguello, Alvarado, Abrego, Osio, Castro, opposed all these original Monterey families who fought the Federales for their land.
When, the expression ‘revisionist' sprang up, it was a cautionary tale. Now, our heritage is forgotten almost all together. Forgotten are the principles that make up Carmel. Great new oral histories published with points of view from families, original families losing their senior members but those histories saved. Forgotten, however is the fact that Carmel-by-the-Sea, California is an artists' community and architecture is an art form, too.
Once openly called an architects' playground, now every structure built before health standards and power costs called for a mandate of efficiency seems to have an historic relevance. Forgotten was in the day, these were called shacks.
Even the Internet shows such a misrepresentation of the facts, that we have to go back to books. Said this week, "worse than burning books, not reading them."
What holds all of us together without wars, is the accurate telling of history. Shading the facts, oral histories of Carmel without telling of the raw sewage, lack of electricity, dirt floors in summer homes . . . this extraction of the history leaves room for conflict. Take the Middle East, today.
Word is, our lack of understanding of history will leave us to repeat the bad, the ugly; and the good parts are left out by . . . the forgotten.
The idea of poor education is a serious omission in any quest for, not only Peace, but successful wars.
Word is: What's not supporting the good in us all, is forgotten.
Maybe the deal is to give credit for the better parts of mankind and get the facts straight.
(Steve Shapiro from the Monterey Peninsula almost 40 years authored "Carmel - A Timeless Place.")