Intelligence thinks we can, so could we?
As wisdom knows to feel, yo should we?
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” - George Santayana, 'The Age of Reason', 1905.
“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
"If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives us is a lantern on the stern which shines only on the waves behind." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
By comparison the pattern or habit of one government undoing the good work of a former government is an example of a 'vicious circle'. It might also be considered a bad habit."A ‘virtuous circle’ has been created: children’s increasing command of the skills has led to staff’s expectations being raised which, in turn, is improving the pace and demand of teaching and leading to further success."
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“The first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it does exist.” - Zig ZiglarNegative cycles, patterns and habits become obvious in others though less easily apparent in oneself. Most individuals can see the both the positive and negative effects that rapid industrialisation and corporate globalisation has been having on the well being of their immediate environment and the health of the planet. Logically one would expect that, should the negative outweigh the positive, steps would be taken to correct any negative environmental or destructive impacts. It's not so simple or straightforward however because the relative power of the offender can skew that logic. For example if a company of corporate executives is benefiting disproportionately by industrialisation such that they perceive their personal environment as marvellous they will be less inclined to pay attention to, or even accept, the damage and suffering their 'successful' involvement with the offending institution is causing to the 'less successful' general population. The factory might be pumping out tonnes of noxious black soot into the local environment for example. The executive can afford to live miles away in an area which is not immediately or directly affected. The relative power and position of the executive in society shields them from the local realities or negative impacts their relative 'success' is having on the less powerful or lower caste 'classes' who simply have to suffer through the smog and dirt the factory creates. The factory is creating jobs for those very same people who are crying foul. For the executive the problem isn't the factory so much as the 'ungrateful' and 'ignorant' or 'jealous' working classes.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” - Albert Einstein
We become conscious of negative cycles and patterns by observing a person or group of people in relative isolation (over there, away from us) repeatedly taking the same action or making same mistakes over and over and over again. This despite (or maybe in-spite of) any consequences or undesirable outcomes. These cycles are most especially obvious when those 'mistakes' or actions repeatedly lead to the physical or psychological suffering of others. This is especially compounded when the offending person or group seem unable to accept the affect their impact is having on the collective well being of others. This inability to reach consensus and communicate clearly means that new approaches rarely seem to be considered or if they are considered they are seldom implemented. The lessons never seem to be learned, The status quo is maintained and the offending person or group appears stuck in the same apparent increasingly destructive circle or cycle.
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"Necessity is the mother of invention." – Jonathan Swift, Albert Einstein, Plato and many more...
'Inequality is the defining issue of our time' President Barak Obama, 4th Dec 2013
So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyses needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigour has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. And I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days. - Inaugural speech of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933