I think we would like our pasts to be simpler, I certainly would. I think it would make you feel happy or sad or something unlike the way history usually makes me feel which is tepid. We’re not out here judging dinosaurs for their dated gender roles and mating seasons and feathers, so why do we do the same for human history? There were bloody wars, droughts, famine, slaves but there were also abolitionists, revolutions, harvest festivals and peace.
It’s a whole spectrum of things that happened in the past and I don’t know how others feel about it but it’s tantamount to bigotry to me to condemn wholly past events. If you are not willing to shift perspectives and understand how things were in whatever the time period, then you’re not willing to learn and are projecting your guilt or lack thereof on your ancestors.