Theodore Roosevelt, one of America’s most progressive and cherished presidents; a man whose face is enshrined on Mount Rushmore on the sacred Black Hills, proclaimed “the more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.”
History is but a compilation of human knowledge and advancement, a magnifying glass that not only allows us to put into perspective our roots as humans, but also offers us a glimpse into what the future holds.
It is for this exact reason that historians often emphasize that “those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” History provides us with the framework of understanding the basis of human behaviour and evolution through ideas and sets a precedence for what is to come. Heads of state, politicians, economists, entrepreneurs, and CEO’s of the biggest corporations of the world have tapped into the diverse and rich annals of history to further expand their understanding of the current world and use that foundation to enhance it exponentially.
What can we learn from the great philosophers of Ancient Greece, the strategic and brutal nomads of Mongolia, the bureaucratic and laborious Chinese, and the countless other civilizations that have revolutionized the world, before disappearing?
The beauty and intrigue of each civilization lies in the unique skills they needed to expound on for their survival, and which they effectively brought with them to the world stage. What can be said of those that did not learn from history? They were swept asunder by the winds of change. It is undoubtedly through understanding and questioning historical information that an individual, people, or nation can further enhance their own standing because history shows us the experiences of those before us, and the adversities that plagued them. It is through history, we continually question, ponder, reflect, experiment, learn, and evolve.
“We are all ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” – Ben Franklin.
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