What can we learn from history?

Question from the Internet:

“Why do we talk about history when we have come to terms with today’s multicultural societies we live in today or have we?”

I fully agree with you.

First of all, we have never learned from history, more precisely we could not learn from history, as so far, we have been blindly following, obeying our inherently self-serving, self-justifying, egotistic, and individualistic nature that caused the helplessly recurring vicious historic cycles.

Moreover, as you wrote, our present evolutionary circumstances are very different from previous generations, since today we evolved into a globally integrated and fully interdependent system, which even more sharply shows us that by blindly following our instinctive program we only cause destruction and self-destruction.

Thus the only thing we need to learn from history is that we have to change ourselves, we have to change how we relate to each other, and choose a very different path for continuing human development if we want to survive.

In order to take our continuing development consciously into our own hands, we will need to learn, understand and accept that we are inevitably interconnected and that we fully depend on each other even for our day-to-day survival.

We have to learn how to consciously build positive, constructive, mutually responsible and mutually complementing co-existence and cooperation above and despite the vast diversity, against the constantly growing mutual distrust and animosity — without trying to oppress, suppress or erase anything.

This requires a unique, purposeful, and practical “Integral Education”, on which education depends our problem-solving ability and collective survival in the immediate and long-term future.



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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.