I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.
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