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    Default Why is the past important?

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    Make with the answers, dont make me sick ceecee and the pussy mafia on you

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    The past determines today's derivatives.

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    Do I have to quote Faulkner?

    The past is important because it is still there, it's just not perceptible in a conventional sense.

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    "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rail Tracer View Post
    "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
    I don't think I agree with this quote anymore. It expresses a distinctly post-Enlightenment view that we are capable of attaining a linear progression toward a sort of utopia, as long as we have the right kind of knowledge. It also rejects the notion of cyclicality as a feature of human cultures, even as so many other ways of looking at the world consistently assert the centrality of cycles in our collective existence.

    What strikes me about this quote is that many times, people do remember the lessons of the past, but still repeat those actions, because circumstances dictate that they must do so. Or they may change the action, but still find the same result, because it only attended to a superficial manifestation of a much deeper systematic pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
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    Pussy mafia.... Hmm, is this different than the pussy cartel? *deep thoughts*

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    Quote Originally Posted by onemoretime View Post
    I don't think I agree with this quote anymore. It expresses a distinctly post-Enlightenment view that we are capable of attaining a linear progression toward a sort of utopia, as long as we have the right kind of knowledge. It also rejects the notion of cyclicality as a feature of human cultures, even as so many other ways of looking at the world consistently assert the centrality of cycles in our collective existence.

    What strikes me about this quote is that many times, people do remember the lessons of the past, but still repeat those actions, because circumstances dictate that they must do so. Or they may change the action, but still find the same result, because it only attended to a superficial manifestation of a much deeper systematic pattern.
    Repeating those actions while knowing the actions is not learning from those actions. You can sort of call it a purposeful forgetfulness. (I.E. A person that knows smoking is bad, but continue to smoke anyways.)

    Changing the action, while getting the same result, however, is learning from it. Changing the action does not necessitate that the past will not be repeated. It just means you aren't condemned to repeat the past if you succeed. (I.E. A person that goes through steps to stop smoking, but find it hard to stop smoking or finally quits smoking.)

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    Planning where to go is better thought out if you consider where you've been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    Pussy mafia.... Hmm, is this different than the pussy cartel? *deep thoughts*
    Nawh, they are the same thing pretty much.

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