I want to discuss briefly history and what it can teach us. It is said that those who fail to heed the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. However do you ever get the sense that history repeats itself again and again? Well not quite repeat of course, as in a perfect replication but rather similar patterns; “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” As Mark Twain said.
Take the fall of the once mighty Rome. The strengths that had enabled Rome to wield such power and control had been allowed to diminish; the effectiveness and numbers of the army, the health and numbers of the Roman population, the robustness of the economy, the competency of the Emperor, the religious vicissitudes of the period, and the effectiveness of the civil administration. Increasing pressure from “barbarians” outside of the Roman culture also added enormously to the collapse.
What if we were to replace The Roman Empire with The modern day United States of America? It all sounds rather familiar doesn’t it?
How can we repeat the mistakes of history if we all know the dangers of doing so? Well the simple truth is not everybody does. Be it ignorance, stupidity or perhaps arrogance or even a combination of all three.
As the author Michael Crichton once said “If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.” I love the analogy of the leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree because what is it without the tree? It is of course worthless.
We might say that the biggest lesson history has to teach us is that we seem able to learn so little from it.
If you have ever visited ancient Roman ruins you will know of their majesty and intrigue. Such a long time ago and yet you can imaging the buildings in all their glory, draped in colourful silks. Place a hand on a roman column and feel the power of history surge through you.
Roman Ruin Aquarium Ornaments
You can create the look of spectacular Roman ruins in your aquarium with some realistic pieces from my extensive range.