Putting together a history from one’s own knowledge is like crossing a stream, jumping from stepping stone to stepping stone, conserving momentum and only hitting the high and dry rocks of the things you know. This is an ill considered manner, where nuance is lost and veracity is only proven if the rock can support enough weight to get you to the next stone.
Perhaps a better way to put together a history is to build a bridge. It requires planning, a careful sighting of the beginning and ending point, the meticulous selection of stone, and the ability to fit them together like a grand jigsaw. Continue reading