Everything that you have ever read, heard or just assumed about our history is most probably either an outright lie, or, at the very least, a distortion of the truth.
Economics, money, medicine, cosmology, psychology, climate, etc., etc. are, more often than not, not only wrong, but dangerously so. The ‘disciplines’ were long ago captured by government regulation and grants and are no longer able to operate purely in the pursuit of knowledge. Thus it is with history; toe the party line or you will end up at the least as academically isolated and probably out of a job.
The history of the wars of the 20th century was written by the winners. Each section was written to justify the unjustifiable: the egregious excesses of military conquest and subjugation. Great heroes were tarred with the brush of villainy, evil rotters were promoted as heroes. So it was during the 19th century and back and back it goes. A history built upon lies and the justifications for slaughter and brutal subjugation. Whether for blood-lust, riches or religious fervour makes little difference to the despicable nature of such behaviour.
Consequently, life is a lie; even your hopes and dreams have been shaped by the forces (good word – look at it) bearing down upon your existence in subtle and insidious ways.
Those few who attempt to see through unclouded eyes and tell a different story are vilified and spurned. Those who seek to find and promote the good in humanity are isolated and ridiculed and, often, incarcerated, or sometimes even exterminated.
Strip away prior notions and look at the world as it is. Look at those who create and produce useful goods that are needed and wanted and then look at those who destroy and produce nothing of value to anyone except themselves. Look at those who give and those who take. Look at those who seek simply to do the best for themselves and their family and then look at those who seek to spend their lives ordering other people how to live theirs.
It is that latter group who have written the history of our world. Their stature is predicated on the number of lives that they have destroyed and their value (to themselves) is denominated by a dollar sign. It is not that money is bad, far from it, it is the manner of its accruing that signals clearly whether it was well, or badly, done.
“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.”