28 November 2007

Learning from History

C. S. Lewis said it well:

“Most of all, perhaps, we need intimate knowledge of the past. Not that the past has any magic about it, but because we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set against the present, to remind us that the basic assumptions have been quite different in different periods and that much which seems certain to the uneducated is merely temporary fashion. A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village; the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his own age.”

- from “Learning in War-Time,” in The Weight of Glory

1 comment:

Ebeth said...

Seems I heard, "Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it" somewhere.
This generation seems to think there is nothing to be learned from the past--perhaps because schools don't wmphasize history courses as they once did--a loss to all.