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Posted on 02/22/2010 1:31:37 PM PST by Talons Out
There are innumerable lessons to be mastered from the dissection of history; there have been tremendous accomplishments and horrendous misfortunes from which we can learn. It is relatively easy to predict the outcome of present and future action by consulting the records of what has been or what failed to be. My personal viewpoint on the efficacy of understanding history in opposition of the excessively regurgitated phrase history repeats itself is that human nature only goes so far: history doesnt repeat itself per se, but rather, modern times dictate similar reactions to undefined dilemmasthings happen that mirror historic events, but for reasons inaccessible to even the most gifted of modernitys time-travelers.
It would be easy to assert that what I have said is nothing more than a highbrow reiteration of history repeats itself. In a way, it is; permit me to redefine my terms, avoiding hyper-scholastic phrasing: hindsight is not foresight; looking back will not enable one to see forward; however, reflection upon humanities past undertakings the pros and cons does benefit the forecasting of a sagacious, cognitively vital individual.
That being said, it seems appropriate to quote one of Americas most purely sagacious minds, so that my purpose may be framed. Benjamin Franklin once said; Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom, when he spoke of the Constitutions strength in guarding Virtue and Freedomconstitutive parts of the Republican Ideologywhich helped establish the United States of America as a sovereign Nation. Sagacious Bens predication following the previous quote was an ah ha! moment for me; As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. ...
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