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(A INTERPRETACIÓN DE LA HISTORIA)
By: Miguel Ángel Mendoza, Cuauhcoatl Tlahui


Please respect this copyrighted material. It is not to be duplicated for any purpose without explicit written permission from the copyright holder.                                              *Page Added on: 04/26/2010

No. 2, II/1996  Zemanauak Tlamachtiloyan

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If the history always the winners they write it, obligadamente, will always be false.  In the frontispiece of the Library of the University of Texas, in the city of Austin, there is an engraved legend that says:  The history is done with documents.  We recommend the authorities of that University that add:  "Yes, but true", because all the libraries of the world are full of false documents.  Thus it causes knows it us the philosopher Maimónides (Cordoba, 1135, The Cairo, 1204) that said:  "The fools have written hundreds of empty and banal books. .., is fatal error to believe that all that that reads themselves in the books be accepted like truth, particularly if the books are old.  Do not you see all it written as convincing tests.  The liar lies with his feather with the same facility that with his tongue". 

The first axiomatic truth that transmit the assistants to our permanent courses of Culture and Mentality Mexihca' (Mexihca nemiliztli ihuan Mexihca ilnamiquiliztli) is this:  "Not everything that is printed in print is certain". 

The previous thing, to prevent them to take on foot juntillas what someone wrote for itself or by assignment of some company that, even, he financed the impression and he was in charge of causing to circulate the work among the sectors of the company of his time to whom he was desired or he is desired to influence. 

In the case of the past of the towns of this Continent, invaded, defeated, plundered, pursued to the extermination, and the scarce survivors submitted by the terror –never conquered by Spain–, the facts happened with so much velocity and ferocity that produced so complex still psychic, economic, political, and social phenomena that still in this epoch disconcert the scholars that head for to them with the sufficient good faith and independence Criterion as to try to understand them and to explain them coherently. 

If we admit that every culture is a complete universe in itself, we will have to conclude that ours possesses an enormous wealth, exuberance and complexity.  And if we conceive that the History is not the simple process to memorize a string in fact, names, dates, places, titles of battles, generally removed out of context and that, of theirs, they do not explain anything, then we will be able to aspire to possess a modern sense of that same history. 

Only to that moment we would be able to feel unsatisfactory of the deepest essence of the history: to be subjects and not objects of the re-encounter with the roots more slings of ours to be common.  Before arriving at this we should cover these phases: 

  • Obtaining an integral perception of our culture-mother that of course, was not a culture denied, like they want some.  Not, ours was a culture attacked, injured, almost murdered.  And that if not to have been by the "Finalizes Order of Anáhuac", brought to light for Cuauhtémoc, the last one tlacatecuhtli of the Confederation of the Towns of the Anáhuac that ordered to preserve it for the Mexicans of the future, now we would not have anything.

  • Doing the critical review of the nine large themes that integrate every culture, therefore to denying it one must know it first.  Immediately afterwards, to revitalize each one of the elements of ours passed remote that were suppressed us systematically in the teaching of our history, therefore here charges force the expression of the great Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano when sentence:  "They stole us ours passed, they made it almost impossible us to write, this is, to reconstruct, our history".

  • The middle to achieve this re-encounter will be to devise a scientific method that permits us to undertake the study brought up to date of that same our history.  Here it is worth to recall the phrase of the contemporary philosopher Jorge Santayana, when says:  "Town that forgets its past is condemned to repeat it".  However, in all the historians and essayists the lack of a scientific method is notified that gather, most minimum, the following requests: 

  • Information, if not exhaustive, yes sufficient
  • Truth in the data
  • A structure ordinate
  • Clarity and simplicity in the exposition
  • A crusader comparison system and multiple that permit to offer credibility to the assembly and with them to be able to approach the historic reality. 

We use this expression historic reality because the truth is an absolute value and in a completely relative world as this, the absolute do not exist.  On the other hand, the reality can be verified or ascertainable and therefore this yes exists.  By ours splits, upon recognizing this lack so generalized, obliged us to orient our actions in two directions: 

a)      to devise said scientific method

b)      to carry out a work of destruction of all the myths that infest ours -so many times mentioned- history.

To the effect, we have structured all a system that includes five instruments of knowledge that are complemented among itself, that they are simple to apply and that they satisfy the requirements before mentioned, and that, in the hands of scholars interested in our culture-mother they become five true weapons of investigation and corroboration:  True documents (native).  Codexes (exclusively the previous to 1521), cloths, monoliths, petroglifos and works of art.  Integration to the economic, cultural, social context and politician of the epoch.  You contribute of the oral tradition.  Linguistic analysis.  Application of the critical sense. 

As for the task to demythologize ours to happen remote, we will have to carry out all at the same time, therefore is greater that any individual effort: 

• We Will Revise all the false history of Anáhuac.

• ¿How they were writings and published in the century XVI the books that are you considered "historic sources"?

  • The myth of the jewels of Isabel the Catholic.
  • The secret mission of Christopher Columbus.
  • The true name of America.
  • Aztlán or the error to consider a single mythical origin.
  • ¿Human Sacrifices?  Bar- pofagia?
  • It it deformed image of Motecuhzoma Xocoyotzin.
  • The false name of Cuitlahuac.
  • The "biographies" of Cuauhtémoc. 

All the previous thing requires of a patient search, diligent investigation and a discernment section of the European cultural bosses- western that, upon being taxes to blood and fire since the century XVI, they have contaminated for 500 years our to be common and they have impeded that our true identity surface.  Still are about to be writings deep studies about the alive forms of the culture.  Still they wait for the clear and penetrating intelligence, to the bright perception and to the talent computer that the present as what are the lively face and the dazzling personality of all a town that permit to know their own greatness and to this, to be projected to the world. 

Finally, it is permitted itself to me to cite two expressions that through their humor, they reflect a satirical depth felt:  "The History is not the successive succession of events happened mind".  And this another "While the lions have not historians that write their history, this will always give the razó the hunters". 

© Ce-Acatl: No. 80, 1996. ceacatl@laneta.apc.org. Document obtained from: http://www.tlahui.com/histormx.htm

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