As statements of history go, Napoleon was right up there with “History is a set of lies that people have agreed upon.”
But nobody beats that coo-coo cat Tolstoy (infra), who gave us this beaut: “History would be a wonderful thing — if it were only true.”
We humans create history out of thin air. We concoct and spin a tale that we swear is history; we swear that it was this way or that. We convince ourselves that we’re verse in subjects that we know nothing about. We lie about having read the Bible, Constitution or the Qur’an. When events are too difficult to fathom or process we attribute all sorts of factors to and reasons for them — religion, astrology, fate, energy, karma. We provide a locus of control on the spot and to hell with anyone who says we’re wrong. We believe in the weird effects of the full moon, people dying in threes and swear that vitamin C can help if your sick. We have no idea why we say these things. We’ve not sure how we came upon these hypotheses and theories. Nope, we’re just one big anecdotal repository.
I’m just saying.