Getting with the Program.
As you write a response to this lesson, I would be curious to know how you conceive of historical time. I would be curious to know how you think a concept of historical time might shape the way a single event in history is regarded by a historian. For example, sometimes historians write about an event “moving history forward” or “setting it back” – and this implies a direction, a destination (what is it?), and a “getting with the program.” You don’t have to write about these things I’ve expressed curiosity about. You can write your essay anyway you want. Please, dear students, try to have fun with this. If you don’t take it so seriously, I will bet you that you will “learn more” that way and certainly write better that way. If your way of having fun is by taking things very seriously and driving yourself crazy in order to achieve “perfection,” then do that. But you don’t have to do that. After writing about time, its organization, and its defiance, I thought to leave you with two paintings that can join the images you’ve already imagined about this long subject.