So if we cast Cook’s death as part of a Native ritual, we’re implying that Hawaiians were just performing a ritual script, which takes away all their agency as human beings.

… Very often in history, we make statements about people who haven’t written their own story, whether it’s Hawaiians, or Native Americans, or working-class people. And we try to imagine that we’re seeing the world as they have seen it. But the best we can really do is offer an approximation.

John Green, Crash Course World History, here.

(This quote totally does not do the argument in this episode justice, it is so well-crafted and I’m just blown away, both by how well it was presented and the argument itself. Excellent all around, basically. Crash Course = amazing.)

But I did get to see the sunrise from 36,000 feet above the ground, and it occurred to me that until a century ago, no one in all of human history had ever seen that.
John Green (via cloudywindowseats)
So there was an entire culture that lasted longer than Western civilization has existed, and it had run it course before the west was even born.
John Green, discussing Ancient Egypt on his brilliant Youtube show, Crash Course.  (via throughthisviewfinder)

History reminds us that revolutions are not events, so much as they’re processes.
That for tens of thousands of years, people have been making decisions that irrevocably shaped the world that we live in today.

Just as today we’re making subtle, irrevocable decisions that people of the future will remember as revolutions.

John Green (Crash Course World History #1)