Rainy Season Vista: Bandera

Rainy Season Vista: Bandera by Rudy Girón

The commonly used expression, “Those who ignore history are bound (or doomed) to repeat it” is actually a mis-quotation of the original text written by George Santayana, who, in his Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1, wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Rooted in the philosophies of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and many others to follow, his biography (1863-1952) and more contemporary intepretations and observations about man and life can be found at Wikipedia by searching for George Santayana. Stanford University online also provides an outstanding and much more detailed background on this important and profound philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist.

Santayana’s quotation, in turn, was a slight modification of an Edmund Burke (1729-1797) statement, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” (source: Wikianswers)

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  • Sompopo

    Here in ther states our history is no longer taught in school for fear of offending someone and most in this country no longer care about it. Our constitution is nothing more than toilet paper.

    • It’s good to know Sompopo is still around reading this humble blog. Cheer up man, I am sure things are not as bleak as your paint them.

  • Heraclemaya

    And the mainstream media remains silent about this material.

    Thanks for being part of creating a conversation about this
    aspect of our past that very much affects our present and future.

    Heraclemaya

  • Heraclemaya

    And the mainstream media remains silent about this material.

    Thanks for being part of creating a conversation about this
    aspect of our past that very much affects our present and future.

    Heraclemaya

    • I believe this is the main reason for AntiguaDailyPhoto, to share interesting and important material about Guatemala and to foster a space where can have a dialog about the issues that affect Guatemalans. 

  • It’s sad but true. We, humans tend to ignore the mistakes from the past, and keep the history repeating itself. I think this is the main reason why discrimination, prejudice, corruption, etc. won’t go away. I hope I am wrong.

    Now I am doing my part, teaching my 1st daughter that people may look different, but we are equal. Even though she was the only Asian in her kindergarten class, so far she got along with her classmates pretty well.