History may repeat itself, but we don’t have to!

Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

        Ok,  I have to rant here, instead of working on my bibliography for Do Better:  yes, history does tend to repeat itself, but it damned well does not have to.  Please recall the first part of  this quote:

 

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

–George Santayana, The Life of Reason, 1905.

  (and I guess it’s time to actually find and read that book…)

 

   History matters, and learning history matters, not just so we can say ‘oh, it’s happening again,’ but so that we can stop it from happening again.  We are the most flexible species on this earth, and we are the only ones who use tools to make other tools.  So, let us do that.  Build new tools to solve these difficult problems and prevent history from repeating itself, damn us.

  That is the duty of an…

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