“History is written by the winners” is a trite statement, and not true. I know it’s making a point, but alas, it’s not true.
The South lost the American Civil War. They lost big time.
Not only were a generation of men cut down, their entire economic existence was eliminated with the abolishing of slavery.
The South was stuck with 1) a huge loss to explain and 2) an odd position of defending the fact that they fought to enslave other humans.
The South, during the War, was fine calling themselves “Rebels” or “Rebs.” But after the war, they felt a need to rewrite history.
“Was your father a Rebel and a Traitor? Did he fight in the service of the Confederacy for the purpose of defeating the Union, or was he a Patriot, fighting for the liberties granted him under the Constitution in defense of his native land, and for a cause he knew to be right?”
That reads much better than: we fought for the right to enslave others.
“Keeping to this revisionist tendency, rather than propagate undignified titles like “the late war” (too vague), the “Civil War” (too revolutionary), and “the War of Rebellion” (far too revolutionary), in the late 1880’s [Confederate Veterans societies] approved resolutions encouraging the conflict’s official designation as “the War Between the States.” Successive generations of Southern schoolchildren would learn it as such.” (Quotes from here, page 264)
I have even heard it referenced as such. It wasn’t called that til 20 years after the fact.
Losers rewrite history too. In fact, Losers might have more of a reason to influence our memories–they have reputations to re-inflate.
Winners tend to gloat and exaggerate their awesome; losers tend to downplay their losses. Both are primarily interested in looking better.
What are you embarrassed about in your life? Do you feel a need to rewrite your history, to exaggerate your wins or downplay your losses? Do you feel a need to rip others apart to make yourself look better?
All of these things are symptoms of pride. Pride must be killed in you. Changing facts to suit your arrogant needs may work in history, but it does not work before God.
Be real with reality. Deal with it. Take care of it. One day it will be too late and God isn’t interested in your revisionist history.