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Historical Amnesia.

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Ron Amosa
Platform Security Engineer @ Salesforce U.S.

"Historical amnesia is a dangerous phenomenon not only because it undermines moral and intellectual integrity but also because it lays the groundwork for crimes that still lie ahead." - Who Rules the World? by Noam Chomsky.

Among many other (probably more) quotable passages from the book, this one stood out to me this morning.

Probably in the same vein as "controlling the narrative", it's about the stories we tell ourselves- about ourselves, that can project or forecast what potential "good" or "evil" lies ahead.

I don't have any great insights on this other than remembering the objective facts about our past- not dwelling on them or being paralyzed by them- can help keep our moral and intellectual integrity about them.

And probably safeguard us from repeating any of our not-so-great history, into the future.