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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-02-13 02:16 PM
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12. Thank you, enthusiast. You are more knowledgeable and thoughtful than I.
I really was not interested in politics or history until about 2003. More the shame on me.

And I never would have thought of the connection between continental movements and the present. Or between the New Deal and the Cold War.

What I seem to have a native ability for, though, is the Sesame Street game for pre schoolers--"Which of these things is not like the others?" It comes in handy in a lot of contexts, so I finally get why Sesame Street tries to teach the skill.

"That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history."

Maybe. Hard to tell, though. For example, were we in Iraq to make some people rich, and maybe also to ensure Dummya's re-election, or were we in Iraq simply because we did not learn much from Vietnam? Hard to know.

Do people repeat the things that led to the downfall of the Roman Empire because they learned nothing, or because they figure it took Rome a long time to crumble and their attitude is "After me, the deluge?" Hard to know.

One lesson I have learned is "Never underestimate the intelligence of your opponent." If you overestimate it, you'll probably come out okay anyway, If you underestimate, you're prolly going to be screwed.

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