History is an excellent teacher. It’s remarkable how many of society’s current problems are destined to be relived over and over again. Yet the cycle could be broken by sound memory, consideration and judgement.
A great way to instruct ourselves out of making old mistakes is to be heavily familiar with history, modern and ancient, in the relevant areas of our lives. This applies to business, politics, and everything else right down to personal happiness. To be fair, very few people can do much more than scratch the surface of historical knowledge (and I’m one of them) due to the commitment to learning that it takes, but in this department even a little can go a very long way. Rule number one for the learning process is: read more books.
One thing I enjoy doing is sharing good quotes. Here’s an ancient one that I really like:
"The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced, if the nation doesn’t want to go bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."
- Marcus Cicero, 55 BC - Roman author, orator, philosopher & politician (106 BC - 43 BC)