What history has taught us

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Map. Source: proprofs

If history has taught us anything, it’s there things that you are about to read about…

  1. Don’t do it again

What history has taught us hammertime

Hammertime. Source: Mentalfloss

Whatever it was that caused loads of people pain- stop that!

2. The colour of your skin, does not show who you are.

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Togetherness. Source: Pinterest

I like the way Martin Luther King Jr sums this up:

“Judge me not by the colour of my skin, but for the content of my character.”

This also applies to sexuality, gender… the list goes on.

3. We are all equal

It doesn’t matter what the differences between us, in the end we find each other’s humanness underneath any apparent differences. We are all made of the same stuff, Maya Angelou points out we all have the capacity to be as amazing as Martin Luther King, or to do terrible things as others have done. As the Dalai Lama says;

“Human potential is the same for all.”

4. When using impersonalising names, nationalism and fear propaganda, dictators become very convincing.

what history has taught us propagandaScary propaganda. Source: Lageneralista

Propaganda was calling Jews ‘rats’ and dehumanising them before the fatal blow of the holocaust. The language used in the concentration camps also aided a lack of emotional attachment so that guards found it easier to do terrible deeds without thinking too much about it. This language included phrases like ‘we had to’, ‘in was company policy’, ‘it was the law’.

5. War creates war

what history taught us vicious circleVicious circle. Source: wepsite

“No war can end war except a total war which leaves no human creature on earth.”

Zelda Popkin

6. Politicians lie

Still not quite sure why we went to war? Told that all our money would go to the health service, and then told it was our fault for believing someone’s lie?

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectful.”

George Orwell

7. A patriarchal system is painful for a lot of people

When we vote for what we believe in, someone is always going to lose. But we haven’t worked out another way of doing it quite yet.

8. Humans are an incredibly creative and diverse bunch

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Snuggie. Source: Pinterest

The lightbulb. Planes. Electric cars. Snuggies. Our history of inventing things makes me feel a little proud.

9. Those who dare to stand out from the crowd and say something that challenges the norm tend to be assassinated.

what history taught us John Lennon Peace Sign

John Lennon. Source: Pinterest

Not always, just a few names came to mind: John Lennon, Lady Di, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Che Gevara, Jesus Christ. (the last one was an example, not blasphemy!)

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” John Lennon

10. We can learn from the pain…

Basil Fawlty. My idol (well, one of them) Source: The tube

When there is a huge crisis, we tend to learn from it and remember it. Not always, but often. This is where phrases such as ‘this is exactly how nazi Germany started’ worked its way into Fawlty Towers episodes and Youtube comments sections.

11. We help each other

what history has taught us disaster we help each other

Man saved his baby brother before the house collapsed. Source: Pinterest

Despite all our differences and fighting over money and land, the human race has had some redeeming moments.

Christmas time in no man’s land, the tsunami disaster, the aid we send to hurricane victims, the concern for terrorist attacks.

together

Cute. Source: Pinterest

It’s very moving when we focus on the good we can do for each other. -I believe this is true human nature in action, and long may it continue.

I will leave you with this…

Mysterious pianist playing imagine after the Paris attacks. Source: The tube

Can you think of any other things history has taught us? If I’ve missed one, or you’ve got any thoughts on the ones I’ve got, let me know in the comments section!

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