Fandango’s Provocative Question #44


FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

You’re probably familiar with this quote from philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist, George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.“ In a 1948 speech to the House of Commons, Winston Churchill changed the quote slightly when he said, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.“

So, speaking about what you remember about the past or have learned from history, how would you answer this question:

What do you think was (or is) the most significant event in the history of the human race? Please explain.


My response;

Was there a single significant event in human history (which has a huge impact)?

Not one, but many!

There have been innumerable events through out human history, which have changed our direction!

The fragile human existence has always been at mercy of different factors all through human history. There were wars, famine, insurgencies, plagues and epidemics of various deadly diseases which repeatedly wiped out a huge percentage of human population in the past.

Some of these factors were of our own making and the rest were naturally produced.

Did we learn any lessons from the circumstance which were deliberately produced and resulted in huge loss of life?

If we, as human race had learned something from World War I, World War II would not have happened. If the huge loss of life and depletion of economic and human resources had taught us a lesson, we would not be producing nuclear weapons in huge quantities.

We are an incorrigible lot. We refuse to look to past as a tutor. History has always failed to teach us how we should plan our future.

We blithely go to our future, thinking that what happened in the past can never happen again, or that it could never happen to us! How mistaken we are. History keeps on repeating itself, regardless of who we think we are. Regardless of how much weaponry we have accumulated.

So whatever significant events happened in the past, we are still waiting to be taught a lesson!



12 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #44

  1. Very well put Sadje!! Human beings are also (apparently) highly suicidal on the whole, because we keep trying to wipe ourselves out with (as you pointed out) wars and horrible weapons that eradicate whole portions of the earth population. And we do it over and over and over. Maybe that’s the lesson we’re here to learn, how to pay attention to our mistakes and then not keep doing them again. Or maybe we’re here to learn to love each other and eradicate hate. If that’s the case, we’ve failed.

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    1. So true! If we put more thought and effort into what is sustainable and beneficial for the planet, instead of what makes more money for us, we would be far better off.


  2. Sadje, I couldn’t have answered those questions any more perfect than you! I always feel your answers seep into me… My hopes are they, meaning this world as a whole would feel more passionately about learning from their mistakes and/or prevention of catastrophes from happening again.
    As always… Wonderfully stated!!!

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