I want to learn all I can, live as wisely as I can, and savor every moment on the journey.
Why is it important to study history? Because our minds are hardwired to learn from the past. When we learn about history—whether through a book, a class, a documentary, a museum, or some other way (and in my opinion, the broader one’s knowledge of history, the better)—we are acquiring knowledge that we can build on and learn from in our own futures.
I just wanted to remind us of this point today. I’ll follow it with two lovely supporting quotes:
“History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, but if faced
With courage, need not be lived again.”
– Maya Angelou, “On the Pulse of Morning”
“The less a man knows about the past and present the more insecure must be his judgment of the future.”
– Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion