History can be as weighty as a dead body
as strong as graphene
as stuck to our skin as a tick
as repetitive as an addiction,
as an obsession
But history is not destiny
it’s not necessity
it’s is not a tattoo on our bones
it’s not a unidirectional movement
that unfolds for the past,
because history is not only past tense,
although it may have been the result of a tense past.
History is practice, artefacts and language,
and none of them end with a full stop.
Practice is action,
using artefacts and language,
Practice is praxis, as in reflective action.
We change in present time,
finding the possibilities of the past
questioning our current ‘normalities’
pulling towards potential futures,
Unchained future is now.