I agree with the prevailing wisdom on one thing..if we lose sight of our History, we will be unprepared for the present...History got us to here...it's the connection...our guidebook...our manual.
The more we know about our past successes and failures the better we become at utilizing the good and not repeating the failures...theoretically, that is...good and failure are pretty subjective terms.
However, the lessons of History do not apply to the current Global Crisis...picture a timeline of Human population...there's zero precedent for this situation.
Looking back...successwise...we proliferated...failurewise...who's to say?...that's what we know.
There's the rub.
To be perfectly honest with ourselves...this is our HeyDay...our day in the Sun...our time...the most exciting period in Human History...we are the Climax Animal of Planet Earth...and it appears we are making a mess of things.
In the past, there's never been an immediate, species threatening situation...which can be evaluated by everyone before proceeding.
It affects us all...and everyone knows about it.
Yeah, yeah...I know...not really everyone...but, everyone whose actions affect the future of anyone other than those in their small, off the grid/tribal unit.
This fact changes everything.
From this point forward, History is a fascinating burden...constant review is not going to solve anything.
We did this...we proliferated ourselfs into this mess...naturally.
What are we going to do about it?
Our intellect, relying on History, tells us we gotta do something...react and respond.
Take command of the situation...we always have...that's our way.
But, for some inexplicable reason, our way ain't cuttin' it anymore...time to move forward.
The End...for History.
Anything we can envision is possible.
We just gotta learn to project a brighter outlook.