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  • Writer's pictureKatarina Lindley

History as our Teacher

November 22, 2021.

Knowing history helps us understand our present, prevents us from making mistakes of the past and helps us plan for the better future, but have we learned from it or are we doomed to repeat it?

The answer depends on who you ask. From my view point, each day seems to remind me more and more of the past I thought we left behind. At times it feels like we are definitely doomed to repeat the same mistakes, but then I remember the many stories of incredible human courage and sacrifice from which liberty and freedom arose.

Sure, the future remains uncertain but I’m encouraged by those who came before us. It seems that despite the many challenges faced at certain times in our history, the humanity always found a way to win and survive.

"When at some future date the high court of history sits in judgment on each of us...our success or failure...will be measured by the answers to four questions: First, were we truly men of courage...? Secondly, were we truly men of judgment...? Third, were we truly men of integrity...? Finally, were we truly men of dedication...? — John F. Kennedy

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.” – George Washington

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

This is our time. Past is in the rear view mirror, present is here and now, as we are barreling down the highway at 100 mph, and future is up ahead. Let’s hope we are up for the challenge.


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