To study the past
is to be doomed to believe
you won’t repeat it
…. see what I did there? I turned it around…
The original expression “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” is from Spanish-born philospher George Santayana, from his Reason in Common Sense, the first volume of his The Life of Reason. The idea being that if we dutifully learn about the mistakes of the past, we will be protected from suffering through the consequences of making similar mistakes today.
For example, learning about the Great Depression will ensure that our current economic model is safe and sound, and that no such global economic meltdown will ever happen again. (cough cough)
YouTube video: “Van Halen – JUMP (live Toronto 1995)“
(original David Lee Roth version removed by copyright police, sadly)
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