Learning from history

I once read a book, entitled “The Poverty of Memory” and one of the main theses of the book is that the Philippines is what it is today because of being guilty of one particular sin --the sin of forgetting.

The major reason why we study history is not simply to find out about things that happened in the past, but rather, so that we can learn from them and hopefully not repeat the same mistakes. Just like the lessons from what happened on Wednesday, March 28, 1979 -- people in central Pennsylvania awoke to a disturbing bulletin: A malfunction had occurred in the reactor’s cooling system in Unit 2; Radiation (an alarming word) was reportedly leaking...

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