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Do we learn from history?

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  • Do we learn from history?

    For who knows what reason, the first thought I had this morning was over a quote I heard a long time ago: "We learn from history that we don't learn from history."

    I wonder, how truthful a statement is that?

    Some examples:

    By watching the Japanese empire isolate themselves, every country learned that there is little chance of keeping up militaristically with other countries - thus subject to domination from another country.

    We learned from Akbar (one of the Mughal emperors) that it is important to bridge gaps and preach tolerance between religions before an outbreak like the Ottomans vs Safavids reoccurs.

    We learned that we didn't have to explain everything with "God wills it" and shifted our mindset to using reason and science. Two examples: Copernicus (who shook the church with his notion of heliocentrism) and Sir Isaac Newton (in his Principia Mathematica: that established "natural laws" that govern some of how the world works).

    There's more I could list but I wondered what you all thought.
    Do we learn from history? Or not?
    Any possible explanations?

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    Re: Do we learn from history?

    What history has taught us is that we never should trust the Turks or anyone else for that matter. I think that is the biggest lesson history has taught us.
    You should never argue with idiots because they will just drag you down to their level....then beat you with experience!!!!!!!

    "I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" Voltaire

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      Re: Do we learn from history?

      Well, trust is inevitable You trust I'll respect your views, and that you won't get harrassed for them. (Of course you'll get that from me, but the notion that somebody else might not is still a possibility)

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        Re: Do we learn from history?

        Peoplelearn the lessons from history if those lessons suite their purposes. It is not "do i know this lessin" but it is "is this lesson convenient for me to apply to this situations. So yes we learn from history but applying what we learned depends on the situation.
        Hayastan or Bust.

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          Re: Do we learn from history?

          what kind of situations would be best for application of lessons? Are the lessons primarily militaristic? Political?

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            Re: Do we learn from history?

            everything
            Hayastan or Bust.

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              Re: Do we learn from history?

              Originally posted by Tali View Post
              We learned that we didn't have to explain everything with "God wills it" and shifted our mindset to using reason and science. Two examples: Copernicus (who shook the church with his notion of heliocentrism) and Sir Isaac Newton (in his Principia Mathematica: that established "natural laws" that govern some of how the world works).

              There's more I could list but I wondered what you all thought.
              Do we learn from history? Or not?
              Any possible explanations?

              Christianity has embraced both concepts of God's will and reason. In fact, St. Thomas Aquinas wrote how God could not contradict himself, as this would be unreasonable. I do get the point you were trying to make though, just want to clarify that modern science wasn't the one to inject this thought into Christianity.

              I think people overlook history or just remember dates and events but do not make the connections, the deeper aspect of history is how did this or that event/person/object shame the outcome of history and what did it result in soon after?
              For the first time in more than 600 years, Armenia is free and independent, and we are therefore obligated
              to place our national interests ahead of our personal gains or aspirations.



              http://www.armenianhighland.com/main.html

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                Re: Do we learn from history?

                History will always repeat itself.
                B0zkurt Hunter

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