Do we learn from those who preceded us? Or does each new generation go into a coma of forgetfulness? Are the hard lessons that our ancestors learned forever lost on us and the generations to come? Though we study history, we don’t seem to get the magnitude of what history tries to teach. Inherent in the study of history is the key message, “Don’t make the same mistakes that I did,” or “Learn from my mistakes.”
We don’t seem to be able to do this–learn from the mistakes of others. There are definitely some things that we need to find out for ourselves. However, in the social context of things, the bigger picture, why do we stubbornly refuse to learn from history? How can society move forward if we don’t extract the lessons learned from previous generations and the history of other cultures? Why does real growth and spiritual evolution appear to be stunted?
Reading the book, The Underside of History: A View of Women Through Time, by Elise Boulding, I am naively stunned to see how little we’ve progressed. Is it because our amygdala (the part of the brain that responds to fight or flight) is constantly triggered (and exhausted) by too much negative media input? When are we not sitting on the edge of our seats, waiting for the next shoe to fall? When do we get to rest deeply in our own selves? It seems that continuous over-stimulation doesn’t allow for the quiet times necessary to go deep and extract wise inner guidance.
Do you allow enough quiet time in your daily life? Do you take time to quiet your system and contemplate?