Over the years, we’ve all been more and more interested in what history has to teach us. Looking back on the mistakes and triumphs of past individuals, countries and empires, we can all learn how to make the right decisions and not allow history to repeat itself.
The study of history is fascinating, but what really counts is the application of that knowledge to day to day life. History can help us choose a direction when we arrive at those all too frequent crossroads in life; has this been tried before? Did this move work for anyone else? What consequences will this action have? All these are questions we ask ourselves almost every day, and the knowledge of history is there to help us out, and to help those around us.
But it’s also useful if you enjoy a good laugh. The cynic will tell you that man is the only animal to stumble over the same stone twice, and I say that the way man falls over makes it utterly hysterical. Once, twice, three times, over and over man falls by his own foolishness and stubbornness and it’s fantastic entertainment (particularly for others). Man is an amusing creature to watch; therefore the study of man is amusing. History tells us that we as a species do not tend to change without failing at least nine times, before thinking ‘well, that doesn’t work’, and set about trying to do something else. It does make us think how much further advanced our civilization would be if we just picked ourselves up the first time and innovated immediately. Or would it? And if so, where would the fun be in that?