Interpretation And Our Role
Hamilton. The Vote.
Our Local Mission.
It was July 11, 7-11 and this past Saturday. It had become a warm day after my early morning walk which had taken place under an overcast sky.
It seemed to be an ideal pondering time if such a thing might exist. I began to wonder as I wander: Happenings in the world these days seem non-stop. Perhaps, it really is not NOW but something that has existed for much longer.
With such thoughts, I can understand the thrill and the intrigue of time travel. . . The idea of going back or forward in time along with place may seem tempting to some. And perhaps a bit frightening(or confusing) to others. Perhaps both feelings occur simultaneously. History has a way of telling us what happened. With additional research, we discover information which previously had been missing for any number of reasons. Eliminated as if it had magically disappeared. Changed. Interpreted.
So on this Saturday, I decided to watch the stage play Hamilton which is now on Disney Plus. I hadn’t seen the live performance but had read some background information which prepared me. The subject matter was one I thought I knew. Of course, this is an interpretation. It was enjoyable which led me to some additional research. Of those involved on stage as well as in real life. Interpretation. Once again.
Later that evening, I watched a show on PBS. Part of the American Experience - The Vote was about the suffrage movement. Again, I thought I had a pretty good understanding. Of course, interpretation plays a role. By the way, The Vote was quite good as well. I recommend both to those interested in such things.
Although I watched both on television on Saturday, I had avoided any news of the day until I was nearly finished for the day. I then learned there had been an early morning fire(currently under investigation) at the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel in the nearby city of San Gabriel.
As a native Californian, I know it was the number four built of 21 in the California missions which dot our state. I had visited this one in particular often. Of course, the history I learned of Early California and the missions has changed since I was first interested in the subject as a child. Insight as well as interpretation(yes, that word, again) over time plays a role.
History continues. And so does interpretation. Our roles in each do as well.
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