It was the famous modern Greek philosopher and historian George Santayana who wrote “Those who do not learn [the lessons from] history are doomed to repeat [them].” And the lesson from history is just that—that when we fail to learn from the past, it tends to be repeated until we do. And there are so many lessons that we need to have learned to be properly using the facilities which come our way in life on this planet.
Nearly every ‘advance’ that we bring on seems to backfire on us. Industrialisation would bring universal prosperity. Well, it didn’t. It produced slums and misery, illness and oppression. Plastics? We thought that the bees knees a century ago. And now we’re finding that we’re drowning in the stuff, that it’s poisoning our food, water and air. That there’s nowhere on earth you can go without finding waste plastics there ahead of you.
I really feel for our politicians. There’s virtually nothing that isn’t heading in the wrong direction and that isn’t going to end up in some kind of crisis at some future date. There’s a new spike in background radiation throughout Europe. Russia has been blamed, but denies any wrong-
We have solutions, of course. Or we think we have. Remember? Diesel cars would reduce pollution. But that idea was soon scotched when lead-
Well, I’ve stopped worrying about it all. It’s not that I don’t care, especially for the future of children and grandchildren, but new things come along and oust the high polluters that have gone before. And our planet has shown itself remarkable for recovery given half the chance. With lockdown, half the nitrus dioxide choking our cities disappeared, and with it birds, insects and even larger mammals reappeared. New light bulbs are now supposed to last longer and use less electricity. And so it goes.
Even the Christian religion has changed. The sale of bibles and books has dipped, and the sale of computer programs and electronic versions have ballooned. You can now have several versions of the Bible on your mobile ’phone. I even have several versions on my computer which are read aloud to me; I don’t have to read, I can listen. And that even includes the Apocrypha.
But then I have to ask, how many continue with the discipline of reading the Scriptures? Not to mentions studying the scriptures? You can even buy a comic-