If we don’t know our history, we are destined to repeat it – a much needed reprise

Keith’s words today are so true, so important, they should be heard by every person in this country, young and old alike. Please take a few minutes to read his words, to contemplate them in this period when some are trying to literally bury the history of this nation. Thank you, Keith.


I read this week from an UPI article that 60% of millennials and Gen-Zers are unaware that 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust by the Nazis in World War II. I use the word “exterminated” as that is what the Nazis did by gassing Jews after they rounded them up. If the brashness of this statement offends – I apologize for the needed candor. It is meant to wake people up.

But, the Nazi genocide of Jews is among too many persecutions around the world and over time. The United States has had three persecutions of groups of people, two of which leading to many deaths. We should never forget these sad parts of our history or white-wash (word intentionally chosen) them away.

– European settlers of the US over time seized land from, killed many and moved Native Americans over the course of three centuries. Even today…

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9 thoughts on “If we don’t know our history, we are destined to repeat it – a much needed reprise

  1. I can see this with transphobic people, doing the same things that Trump Supporters do. It’s weird to see how little people learn from literal “today” History, as well as “past” History. I had to put “past” as written like that, while it is the past, it’s really quiet current still.

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    • Lolsy, your point is excellent. The brazenness of the white-washing is being done on recent history, in large part to erase damage done by the former president. The attempts to tell us January 6 was more of “tourist” event and that the former president did not botch the pandemic response from the outset putting people in harm’s way are insulting, in my view. How many more people have died by his downplaying and hoax calling of the pandemic, when he admitted later he knew it was dangerous as of February 7, 2020. Keith

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    • You are so right … Trump’s foundation was based on bigotry in many forms and his supporters continue to carry that torch. You’re also right … the past is still very much today’s reality.

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  2. This is what is so interesting about vaccine hesitancy/resistance. This isn’t new behavior. Yes, it was reported back during the flu pandemic of 1918-1920. But I also read about such resistance to treatment among AIDS patients. They believed the treatment was worse than the disease. The article provided links, quotes, and other articles declaring how this was about God punishing people and God would protect you, as well as insistence that AIDS was a hoax. Other articles covered the same issues with smallpox. People didn’t trust the vaccine. Why, that was the Devil’s work. And diphtheria. Such resistance goes back in time.

    And we can’t learn from it. It’s just bred into some people. Some segment will always resist. It’s another baffling side-effect of the multiple permutations of these critters called humans. Hugs and cheers, M

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    • Sigh. So, people have always been stupid and this isn’t a new phenomenon brought about by climate change and the Arab Spring, eh? Sigh. When we fail to learn the lessons of history, we are destined to repeat them, just as we are now.
      Hugs ‘n cheers to you, my friend!!!

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