I found this graphic from the Indexed website that stimulated my thoughts to churn out some lines.
- Does history repeat itself? Are there Bible verses that pertain to looking back and learning from the past? Paul says to look forward and persevere; forget what is behind (Philippians 3:13)
- Learning from history is not an issue of looking at the past and dwelling on it. It’s knowing which of the present to be cautious of or focus on for a better future.
- The existence of patterns in the lives of people supports the “theory” of history repeat. Inheriting social behavior from direct and indirect influences gives a person a “traditional” set of attitudes that are not entirely unique from the rest of the world.
- Daily decisions spring from the knowledge of past consequences and hope of future conditions. If one couldn’t decide what to live for today, there is no possibility for a better tomorrow. The most successful people do not just make mistakes, they learn not to make the mistakes of others. “Reinventing the wheel,” is a waste of time. “Insanity is doing the same action repeatedly and expecting different results”, as they say.
- It’s amazing how time passes by without us realizing that hours, days, and even years are subtracted from our lives. Especially in the everyday routine of sleep-eat-commute-work-eat-work-commute-eat-sleep, often pausing for a moment to breathe is a sin for any person paid by the minute. History isn’t my favorite subject at school by any mark, but I’m fascinated at how people of the past dealt with daily issues that face the regular man and woman of 2016.