Learning the Lessons of the Past With an Open Mind

May 18, 2021 pwm1

If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.

—Baruch Spinoza, Enlightenment philosopher (1665, artist unknown; Public Domain

It is easy to rewrite history to make the pieces fit the template labeled “truth” in one’s mind—we are watching that script play out daily on television. It takes courage, effort, and critical thinking, however, to uncover the facts of the past free of preconceived notions and biases. Seek the truth, and let it lead you where it may.  

—Mike Hazell

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