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History Does Not Repeat Itself: It Rhymes

19 October 2018 @ 14:48

Of course, under Normal Circumstances [for America, at least] Representative Scalise’s plea would be well-heeded.  But these are not normal times.

History does not repeat itself: it rhymes.

In other words: we can look to our Past as a general guide to what may happen in the Future, but we cannot, in many cases, see the exact playing-out of that Future based on Past events.  Some things will follow a pattern; others will take us in a direction seemingly unrelated.  The key is to study as much of the Past as possible and be ready to shift from, say, the Civil War in America to the War For Independence to the aftermath of the Cold War to the issues involved in 1890’s America.

This is why Education is so very important, not only for our children, but for ourselves.

We must continually educate, educate, educate…and then educate ourselves some more.

The events which surround us in this day and age are Unprecedented.  So must are response be not confined to one period of History.  Therefore, we must draw on our own reading of events and the readings of others who share our Mindset.

We must also dedicate ourselves to reading and listening to those who have come before us.

The Present Crisis will not be solved by being Derelict in our duty to study the Past in order to make the Future better.  We owe it to ourselves and, most, most importantly, to our Posterity to make the effort.

But one of the first and most leading principles on which the commonwealth and the laws are consecrated, is lest the temporary possessors and life-renters in it, unmindful of what they have received from their ancestors, or of what is due to their posterity, should act as if they were the entire masters; that they should not think it amongst their rights to cut off the entail, or commit waste on the inheritance, by destroying at their pleasure the whole original fabric of their society; hazarding to leave to those who come after them a ruin instead of an habitation—and teaching these successors as little to respect their contrivances, as they had themselves respected the institutions of their forefathers.

By this unprincipled facility of changing the state as often, and as much, and in as many ways, as there are floating fancies or fashions, the whole chain and continuity of the commonwealth would be broken. No one generation could link with the other. Men would become little better than the flies of a summer.

—Edmund Burke [re-paragraphing mine]

 

One Comment leave one →
  1. 24 October 2018 @ 16:09 16:09

    “Comrade, violence against deplorables is not violence but righteousness” – Insert name of MSM talking head

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