History is a fascinating thing because there is no such thing as time segregation. Most try to define it as dealing with the ‘ancient’ past or ‘centuries-old’ history but in the end it’s still dealing with humanity. And humanity doesn’t change. Human beings as much as we try to deny it are the same whether they had a club in their hands and lived in caves or hang about in suits and now carry an IPad. Thus, it is us as a people who are making history.
As much as we try to put it out of our minds, we are making history right now.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the online petition in support of the local historic district expansion.
Some may pooh-pooh the online petitions as meaning nothing but this is where they confuse technology and convenience with historic resolve.
It isn’t the petition being on the Internet that is the important part, it is the human beings behind the signatures, who they are, where they are located and their supportive comments that mean everything.
There are signatures from all parts of the City.
There are signatures from significant members of the political class.
There are signatures from important sectors of our commercial class.
There are signatures from those who work here but do not live here.
There are signatures from every economic class present in our city.
There are signatures from movers and shakers in the city.
There are signatures from those who used to live in our city.
There are signatures from those who were born here and those who moved here.
All now recorded in History!
I invite more, especially Newburyporters to post their names – we need to protect our historic assets!
PS. Your comments are the stuff of quotable quotes! Don’t be too offended if you see me cite them!