Saturday, September 16, 2006

Not So Fast George

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." George Santayana

This is one of those quotes that always seemed to make sense to me. Then I realized, it misses the mark in two ways:

1. Those who do learn from history often repeat it anyway. Israel, codependent spouses, alcoholics, warring nations, political parties, etc. may all have a decent grasp of their past and stil make the same dumb mistakes over and over and over.

2. Some lessons are better learned from a present and living God than from a history. Even God's history books in the bible, must be interpreted with the help of the spirit of the living God.

So, sorry George, no cigar. Nice saying, ok sentiment, but I am moving on.
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