There's Nothing New Under the Sun
If you don’t learn from your past mistakes, you are doomed to repeat them. Some people do the same thing over and over again, but yet never do anything about the source of “why” they are doing them.
So guess, what, they will repeat them. How about some quotes.
"There's nothing new under the sun." - King Solomon
"What is past is prologue." - William Shakespeare
"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana
Now, keeping those quotes in mind, consider this...
- Huge expenditures from a massively expensive war are coming home to roost.
- The U.S. economy and stock market are stalling; unemployment is rising.
- In an attempt to pull the economy out of its funk, Washington is printing money like there's no tomorrow.
- Inflation - our cost of living - has begun rising.
- Oil and gasoline prices are at all-time highs.
- Food and raw materials are in increasingly short supply and prices are soaring worldwide.
- Gold and silver prices are on a tear.
- Congress is already controlled by the Democrats and voters are set to throw the Republicans out of the White House.
Have I left anything out?
Wait. You think I'm talking about TODAY'S headlines?
Sorry. No. I was reading the above headlines 30 years ago - in the mid-1970s!
The debt from the Vietnam War was hitting home. The term "stagflation" was being coined to describe the new environment of slow (or negative) economic growth plus inflation. Washington was printing money out of thin air to pay its bills. Inflation was accelerating. And oil, gas, food, and just about everything else under the sun (especially gold and silver) were roaring higher.
And, of course, in 1976 - with both houses of Congress already firmly in Democrat hands - disgusted voters abandoned the hapless and clueless Ford (remember the "WIN" button?) and installed a soon-to-be one-term Democrat peanut farmer in the White House.
You see, people keep forgetting to learn from the past. To learn what we should already know.
We keep thinking this is a new situation, a different set of circumstances.
But it aint.
Someone somewhere has done it before, made the same mistakes before, and you could learn from their mistakes and what they learned.
Or simply repeat the same mistake.
How do you learn from others mistakes?
The easiest is to read books, listen to books on CD, watch education programs, listen to other people’s experiences, especially people who you want to be like.
That is why I like ACIM so much (A Course In Miracles) because it is all about one of my greatest mentors.