History

They say that history is the greatest of all teachers, and that tales of past deeds define who we are in the present, and what we shall be in the future. It is said that such tales shall with each telling illuminate us all with the light of truth. 

I liked this line so much I wrote it on the first page of my very first journal. Back when I was a pen and paper purist. These days I am likely more cynical and tend to align myself with the philosophy of Otto von Bismarck and his penchant for spiky helmets, epic level mustaches and Realpolitik…

Prince-Otto-von-Bismarck-addressing-the-German-ReichstagWhat we learn from History is that no one learns from History – Otto Von Bismarck.