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We do not remember our past

Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 07:09 AM
Dr Ioannis Syrigos
It looks that history tends to repeat itself over and over again. One of the main reasons for that probably is that we do not know/remember our history not only our individual history but the history of our country as well as the world history.

The result is that unavoidably we tend to repeat the same mistakes again and again without learning our lessons.

And here is where the quote or George Santayana fits perfectly:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Now the first question is, do we really know the truth about the history of the world; do we know exactly how things happened? Don’t we know that history in the books we have read is manipulated in a way to ‘fit’ the needs of each country? Isn’t it that the history of Greece for example will be taught in a different way through Greek books and in a different way through Turkish books? But where does the truth lies and who knows that truth?

And the second question is why we tend not to like to look in the past, especially our past? Apart from the fact that our restricted (untrained) memory usually betrays us, isn’t it that we also tend to beautify our past, especially our mistakes? Isn’t it that we do not want to look directly into ourselves and blame us for all the mistakes we have done but with the goal to learn from them and become a better person? Do not we tend to see the mistakes in others but us?

Now in my opinion the last paragraph is the root of all evil in this world. No matter how absurd it sounds, we do not like the truth, we love to blame others for what is happening to us (and the others can be humans or spiritual entities or anything else) and for what is happening in the world today.

Remembering the past, facing the past and learning from it are very important ingredients for this world to change for the better.

“We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result.”

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