Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it?
Is this statement true, why or why not? Also if it is true why does it seem that each generation needs to learn the lesson of the past over and over the hard way? Thanks.
Asked By: Arthur N - 1/8/2008
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According to Woodrow Wilson, things stand exactly so; "A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday does not know what it is today. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about." Woodrow Wilson - which means we are generally doomed, due to the prevailing... More
Answered By: Pineapple~Queen - 1/8/2008
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not intirely true. history never repeats itself, but it continues in a pattern. and if people want to succed then they need to break away from the pattern. the only way to do this would be to learn from past mistakes. that is what the saying is about, learning from your mistakes and the mistakes of others.
Answered By: michael c - 1/8/2008
Human beings have an advantage over a lot of creatures, because we have a more exact form of verbal communication and even a written communication that can survive our deaths... More
Answered By: Mark S - 1/8/2008
I think it was Karl Marx who said, "History repeats itself; the first time as tragedy, the next time as farce." Henry Ford said, "History is basically bunk." Napoleon Buonaparte said, "History is a fable, agreed upon." I forget who wrote, "History is written by the winners."
Answered By: steve_geo1 - 1/8/2008
This statement means that those who are ignorant to history will repeat the mistakes others have made in history. For example the Iraq war has really hurt Iraq, if no one learns from this other countries could be invaded incorrectly and be cast into chaos
Answered By: IAdude - 1/8/2008
It certainly seems to be true. Historical conflicts arise over the same darn causes, generation after generation. Why does each generation have to learn the lessons of the past the hard way? That's a hard one to answer, my friend. I guess humans aren't as smart as we like to think we are.
Answered By: old lady - 1/8/2008
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