If you don’t know history, you don’t know anything

These are two people who don’t know the definition of “Great”

Hitler, I am beginning to feel, is a very great man, like an inspired religious leader…not scheming, not selfish, not greedy for power, but a mystic, a visionary who really wants the best for his country….

— Charles Lindbergh on meeting Adolf Hitler (1936)

He’s a great guy.

— Dennis Rodman on meeting Kim Jong Un (2013)

Idiots.

Imagine for a moment that you remembered everything you ever learned. Ever high school lesson, every cooking recipe, everything. You would probably be the smartest person on earth.

But the opposite is also true; if you don’t learn anything from the past, you may end up the dumbest person on earth.

While we’re all stupid on different subjects, the universally stupid seem to be those people that refuse to learn anything about history. Because history is nuthin if not repetitive.

Michael Crichton once said that, If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.

Unfortunately, if Facebook has taught me anything, it’s that people have zero sense of history. Yet they’re part of a greater collective, a greater tree of stupid.

This worries me.

Then again, I can hardly count myself amongst the truly smart.

Her: Didn’t you just say those chips were making you feel sick?
Me: Yes.
Her: They why are you continuing to eat them?!
Me: (mouthful of chips) I’m not.

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My buddy Ji just started a blog too so here’s a little plug for him – Better Pickled.

And while I’m at it, please check out artist Dana Burns, who left NYC to be an artist in France and posts in both English and French! Grenobloise

Mood: busy
Music: He’s so simple minded he can’t drive his module
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2 thoughts on “If you don’t know history, you don’t know anything”

  1. Thank you so much for the plug, Logan!

    So true what you say about history… as I’ve been living in France and learning more about the politics and history, I am understanding and adjusting to the culture a lot better. There’s so much more I have to learn about the world’s history (I have some books DL’d on my Kindle I’ve been meaning to get to!). I loved my art history courses in college; so eye-opening.

    I still have mixed feelings about Facebook.. I find it quite uncomfortable and I wish it didn’t replace email (Gmail) with my new friends.

    I’ll try to update my blog tonight so that your readers have something fresh!

    1. Happy to do it – I live vicariously through you. Ah, to be young and in a foreign country doing something I love. You’re living the life. Plus you have nice pics.

      I’ll keep my eye out for new entries!

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