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The "Lost Cause" you say?

posted Jun 30, 2018, 11:12 AM by Edward Georgen   [ updated Jun 30, 2018, 11:13 AM ]
Where exactly does the term "Lost Cause" come from and how did it get associated with The Cause of the Confederacy?

A very learned and honorable man, Dr Thomas Y. Hiter, shared this chunk of understanding with us.
"It comes from Cicero. It's originally in Latin, of course, but in the 1860s, every educated person understood Latin. In English, it ran "The Gods give victory, but Cato prefers the lost cause". "Cato" was, to Romans of Cicero's time roughly what Shakespeare is to ours. Very old, very expert, in terms of poetry, drama, etc. So, to paraphrase, "The gods give victory, and that's fine, but lost causes are WAY better to write about. "The Lost Cause" was the name of the Kentucky Confederate veteran's magazine, before they joined the UCV. It's a figure of speech, nothing more. Other people since have given it other meanings, that it never had in either the original or in the 1880s-90s."

So there ya go!  I bet you learned something!

Now on to my personal thoughts...  

Yet again, history shows how the continued "dumbing down" of America has taken our understand and knowledge of where we came from away from us. Without knowing and understanding the past, how can we chart a future or contemplate where we are now?

I think back in just my short 52 years, so much of what I was taught in the schools of the 1970's and 80's is not taught today. No wonder children today have very little IF ANY connection to the past. 

Then I look at what my parents studied in school and it puts me even deeper into despair! My mother had LATIN in high school. Why study Latin so ask. Have you any idea of the Latin based words in the English language? Of course you don't! Latin is the language of science.

Try to learn something every day!
The world the schools "educated" you about is NOT what they told you it is!!!
To quote Mark Twain, "I have never let my schooling interfere with of my education."

Edward Georgen, KY Division Adjutant