These two events indicate the reason why the Renaissance is constructed as a moment of sudden renewal after a millenium of misery: you're taught to identify "progress" and "culture" with the establishment of colonialism, the reinvigoration of slavery, and the movement towards a uniformly "white" Europe.
You just have to look at which periods you're told to admire: the Roman Empire, and the Renaissance. The Roman Empire is presented as a "civilising force", that brought "democracy" and "knowledge" to the uncultured lands it conquered, and established great infrastructure at the slight cost of large-scale slavery. The Renaissance, meanwhile, is often taught as beginning in 1492, the year of Columbus's encounter with the so-called New World and of the Spanish Reconquista.
I won't go into the miriad reasons why this narrative is absolutely ridiculous, I just want to focus on why it's the narrative you're taught. Why is it that we're taught to think of medieval people as stinky and disgusting, and of ancient Romans as glittering Adonises, even though soap was invented (and widely used) in the Middle Ages? The answer is very simple.
I spend a lot of time on here getting pissed off at myths about the Middle Ages, whether it's the idea that they didn't do philosophy, or that they were idiots who couldn't draw. These misconceptions are down to the myth of the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages is the way the medieval period is taught at school: you had the enlightened Roman Empire, a golden era of wisdom and liberty, then you had a millenium of pure wretchedness before the Renaissance kicked "Western civilisation" back into high gear.
Narena's 6th chapter is live for patrons. A little late, but hopefully worthwhile. It features a perfectly choreographed dance number about various revolutionary deities.
I think the fact that the majority of Shakespeare's plays were adaptations of pre-existing stories is a solid testament to the importance of the public domain and understanding culture and creativity cooperatively instead of competitively. so many fantastic examples of art are adaptations (particularly films) or strongly inspired by other pieces and to ignore this, to assert that absolute Originality is the only true form of creativity seems destructive and quite capitalist to me.
If you want to seriously change inequality there is a small thing you can do. Support a small southern US black owned coop so they can pasteurize their awesome pecan milk to have a longer shelf life so they can ship it. https://pecanmilk.com/ This coop must survive but they are in a catch-22 where they do not make enough to qualify for a loan. Their product is so good that it will be a sustainable coop venture. Without us they have no real way out. Ideas are welcomed.
Which princess will Adora kiss first? Follow-up, what princess will Adora kiss second? Third, where on this list is Scorpia because
1,322 words into the penultimate chapter for one of my characters. Also, I posted Teme's 23rd chapter to my patreon yesterday. I'm almost done writing a book!!! https://www.patreon.com/posts/raw-content-teme-29572066
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