Why Does History Repeat Itself?


Hello, humans. So, today, I entered my first history class since a year and I was shocked. Learning history is depressing for me not because I hate the subject but because whenever the lecturer tells something about the past, it would be something bad. Note: I love history.

George Santayana said that “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” but the problem is, people learn history but history is still being repeated everywhere. It might not be repeated at the same place, but it is repeated somewhere else. For example is the rise of the ‘far-right’ during World War 2 which is repeating now but for different reasons. Actually, if you look closely, the reason is still the same: immigration which causes the citizens to ‘lose’ the job, hence, causing immigrants to ‘control’ the economy.


Don’t you think that it is ironic that during the second world war, the United States joined in the fight against Nazis but now some group of people in the United States that is supporting the Nazi ideology? A perfect example would be the Charlottesville ‘incident’ where white supremacist groups such as the KKK and the ‘Neo Nazis’ protested for their ‘rights’. Don’t they feel ashamed that their grandparents or great-grandparents were the ones who fought against the Nazis?


Another thing that is repeating is Ethnic Cleansing. During World War 2, the most ‘popular’ thing you would hear about would be the Holocaust where 6 million Jews were massacred after being sent to concentration camps. But, some people might not know that not only Jews were sent to these camps but also some other ethics and groups of people such as those with disabilities, causing the actual number to be about 9 million.

Fortunately, there were some survivors but unfortunately, ethnic cleansing doesn’t stop there. People were being massacred everywhere. A brilliant example of this would be in Myanmar where the Rohingyas are facing ethnic cleansing causing them to fled to other countries. That’s not the only one. Other examples include The Rwandan Genocide and The Bosnian Genocide.

So, with all this thing that is happening, I have a huge question: Is there any way that we can stop history from repeating? There are some people who had tried to stop history from repeating and the easiest example would be the Founding Fathers of The United States of America who created the Electoral College as a ‘tool’ to prevent a maniac from getting into power. It’s a fact that they knew that if they follow the Romans’ form of a republic, the country won’t last long. However they fail to realise that hundreds of years later, the system that they created elected a “maniac”. Anyway, the electoral college is a story for another time. 

That’s all for today. Goodbye and don’t forget to follow me on twitter @lucifuge88 (I’m too lazy to add the link). 

 

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