I am a student of history, and for a good reason: History repeats itself. When one knows the story, it gives one power. Not the kind of power that results in world domination, but an understanding that what is happening now, has happened before, and will happen again.
History proves that terrible people do terrible things. They always have and they always will.
History tells that good people do good things. They always have and they always will.
History reveals that good people (eventually) step up to stop the terrible people.
History shows us that where we are today is not where we will be a year from now or a decade from now.
History gives us insight into the future if we simply pay attention to the past.
I sleep better because I know some history. I realize that everything will not be easy or safe, but I rest in the confidence that any situation will change, given enough time…given enough history.
And for that, I am extremely grateful today.