What we learn from History

They say that history is the greatest of all teachers, and that tales of past deeds define who we are in the present, and what we shall be in the future. It is said that such tales shall with each telling illuminate us all with the light of truth. – narrator, Icewind Dale

I liked this line so much I wrote it on the first page of my very first journal. Back when I was a pen and paper purist. These days I am likely more cynical and tend to align myself with the philosophy of Otto von Bismarck and his penchant for spiky helmets, epic level moustaches and Realpolitik…

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What we learn from History is that no one learns from History – Otto Von Bismarck. 

Truer today, than its ever been before 😉

 

5 thoughts on “What we learn from History

    1. I was feeling quite apprehensive about comments. But so far it’s been a good experience. 😁

      I think we all want to believe that we are different and have unique circumstances that we can navigate better than those that came before us… but those people struggled with the same (stupid) stuff. It’s just the technology that changes… and instead of appreciating that they’ve played through the outcomes and learnt from it, we seem to wants to start from scratch every time.

      I guess it’s like when your parents suggest to you not to do something… because they know you’ll fall or that the person you’re dating isn’t good for you. But you do it anyway. Sometimes out of spite… but often it’s because you don’t have that learning experience yet.

      It’s a tough call.

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      1. I understand what you mean about the comment thing…social media in general is such a beast, I think there are a lot of people on WP that feel the same way, and it seems there is more of a civil spirit, at least in my experience so far.

        And I agree completely.
        I think the problem is our big, fat egos so much of the time, quite frankly. And in western culture, we don’t respect older people and the wisdom they have accumulated. Whenever I read history, I am constantly amazed at the relevancy of what I read.
        I’m not a parent, but I appreciate the times my mother let me find something out for myself. Plus, I learned a lot about what not to do by watching other people and my friends and trying to learn from their mistakes! Of course, I still had some hard lessons of my own in humility! I think humility is seriously underrated in our culture.

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