And it shall be at the end of the days,...the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the Lord alone shall be exalted on that day. And the idols shall completely pass away. (Yeshayahu 2.2, 17-18)Like everything about life in This World (Olam HaZeh), there is a predetermined destination. Our choices only dictate whether we will arrive at it by the short, peaceful route through submission to the Will of our Creator, or by the long, hard road, a detour taken by those who rebel against the authority of HKB"H.
A prime example of this is illustrated by the journey of Bnei Yisrael from Egypt to Eretz Cana'an. It should have taken eleven days. Instead, it was forty years.
The whole world is on the Road to Redemption-in-its-Time - the longest, hardest road there is - but rest assured that the destination is still glorious, regardless of how we get there.
The inhabitants of Earth should be tearing down all the statues ("You shall not make for yourselves any graven image.") out of love for HKB"H and in obedience to His commandments. Instead, they are doing it out of the attitude of rebellion that rules their hearts in these turbulent times.
Either way, this is a start towards a world where no "graven images" at all are tolerated, as per the expressed desire of our Creator.
Jews don't need statues to remember our historyOf course, this is happening mainly in the United States - the country that makes the biggest show of its Biblical heritage. I found this recent image of members of Congress "taking a knee" in the presence of idols in the US Capitol to be particularly thought-provoking.
...SO HOW is it we remember as a people, scattered over dozens of countries worldwide, our history – and the goodies and the baddies? Our community memory is an oral memory; we are not called the People of the Book for nothing. We write things down and discuss them. We made sure they were handed down from generation to generation....