Happy Columbus Day everyone!
In grade school, Columbus Day was a day when we got out of school because America got discovered by the best guy to ever own 3 festively-named boats. Cristopher Columbus was a hero who not only found the to-be-US of A, but he also proved the world was round. As I got older, I learned that everyone already knew the world was round, the Americas were already discovered, and Columbus wasn’t necessarily such a great guy.
The Simpsons touched on this topic in Lisa the Iconoclast when Lisa discovered the truth that Jebediah Springfield was really a pirate, and all-around bad guy, named Hans Sprungfeld. She had the opportunity to expose the lie of Jebediah, but decided instead to let people believe the legend as truth because it brought out so much good in people.
Did Lisa do the right thing? Should a legend ever be told as historical truth if something good comes of it?