If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?
As I was enjoying my sabbath this morning, my mind began wandering. There has been so many times I thought to myself, wow that would’ve been really cool to see. Or when you hear of a conspiracy and you instantly are thinking about what it would have been like to be there and witness everything unravel. So I did a simple Google search for the top 10 events in US history. According to a poll of Americans this is how they ranked these historic events.
10) Barack Obama elected president 2008 …. 9) Armstrong walks on the moon 1969…. 8) The Civil Rights Act 1964…. 7) The Marshall Plan 1947…. 6) Women’s suffrage 1920…. 5) The Emancipation Proclamation 1863…. 4) Lewis and Clark arrive at the Pacific 1805…. 3) Louisiana Purchase 1803…. 2) Ratification of the Constitution 1789…. 1) Declaration of Independence 1776.
Yes these are all amazing events. Mostly representing a shift in our history that helped shape our current situation. The easiest way to view this list is in reverse. We declared independence from the tyranny of England. In 1789 the constitution was ratified, meaning to sign or give formal consent making it officially valid. Napoleon Bonaparte sells the Louisiana Territory to Jefferson for $15 Million and a forgiveness of debt. This land purchase made it possible for the dynamic duo of Lewis and Clark to explore great unknown and arrive on the pacific coast in 1805. As American’s proceeded to develop the country they used slave power to get things done, these actions were eliminated with Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Woodrow Wilson advocated for the women’s right as a war measure in 1920, creating the 19th Amendment granting American women the right to vote. In 1947 Europe was heading to failure but has Americans do best we tried to lend a hand by spending $12 Billion (with a B) creating a program to promote European production, bolster European currency, and facilitate trade after the devastating effects of World War II. 100 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation we realized that all we were doing is segregating and this had to stop, so in 1964 the Civil Rights Act was instated. Ironically enough one of the most quoted statements from landing on the moon was: We saw the earth the size of a quarter and we recognized that there really is one world. We are all brothers.” 2008 changed America forever when the first African American became President.
So America I did enjoy reading through what you claimed to be the biggest accomplishments in our history, but I literally would not want to be a fly on any of those walls. So I broadened my thinking to Global accomplishments.
Mona Lisa was a work of art that has captured the imagination of humanity. The mysterious smile, the penetrating eyes. The air of mystique surrounding the Mona Lisa cannot easily be explained. Ave Marie by Schubert, a piece of music that can touch the psychic core of man and expand the consciousness of man. The Wright brothers finally achieved man’s eternal quest to achieve a powered flight. The conquering of the crown of Mount Everest the world’s tallest mountain. The Great Pyramids which to this day remain a mystery but, they stand as a colossal and imposing figure in the sands of Egypt. The fall of the Berlin wall (1989) was symbolic of removing the barriers that existed between East and West. Assassination of Archduke F. Ferdinand and the outbreak of the first World War. “A day that will live in infamy” (Pearl Harbor) and the events that started a war. The US atomic bombs of 1945, devastating the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that finally brought the Japanese to surrender. JFK being assassinated in 1963. The twin tower attacks on September 11th 2001.
Still nothing. These are all amazing feats or events that changed our global history. Any one of these events would have been amazing to see, but part of me just didn’t feel like I should be a fly on the Berlin Wall in 1989… or on the wall of a boat in Hawaii in December 1941. There would be fly guts everywhere. After realizing that these were all fairly modern events in the scope of world history. The Giza Pyramids would be amazing to see, but than I began thinking of the time frame. The Pyramids have been dated to 2500 BC, oh crap I forgot to look at biblical events that I could witness. So I began thinking of the most iconic events in the bible. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The fall of our race due to lack of morals. God cleansing the earth with a massive flood. The establishment and reiteration of the covenant. The exodus and 10 plagues. The establishment of the Davidic Covenant. Christ being sentenced to death, than being resurrected.
Now it was safe to say I had a clear winner. The event I would choose to be a fly on the wall would be when God created the world and everything on it. The only issue with this scenario is fly’s weren’t created yet….