The past is always relevant in that one can learn from the experiences garnered there. It is nice to sit and reminisce about our imagined glory. It can seem like yesterday, and eons ago simultaneously. Focusing on the positive can be rejuvenating for the mind and propel one to new challenges. The horrors of the past though are another story entirely.
History is cyclical, and as much as we might like to believe we have evolved and moved past our more barbarous selves, humans only change in infinitesimal ways. The same animal instincts that drove us millennia ago still fiercely inhabits us today. We still compete with each other for resources and mates. When we are not fighting real wars, we simulate combat in competitive sports, designed to prove superiority over another. While it’s probable that over the course of thousands of years we may adapt to a more civilized existence, we are primarily barbarians with new toys and a slightly improved wardrobe. Continue reading “Shadows of Yesterday”