It's a collection of photography that depicts the last 100 years. Not just american years either, like so many anthologies do.
Reading through it, most of the pictures are of disasters, destruction, pain, horrible conditions, inhumanity and suffering, war and degredation. Happy stuff, for sure, but I realized that I don't know much of anything about some of the things depicted.
Even things that happened during my lifetime.
Why don't I know exactly what happened during the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia? Why don't know I know about the Londonderry Riots? The US supported supression of rebels in Guatemala? I know about Che Guarava, but why not more about what he really did and wanted? Why am I so awfully uneducated about these things?
First of all, none of this was ever mentioned in high school. Our history and government classes never covered these things. I know all about the Teapot Dome scandal, but I know nothing about Bloody Sunday.
So I think I'm going to start educating myself about things I should already know.
Hopefully I'm jaded enough that I won't start hating people anymore than I already do.