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The Lessons of History Summary
A summary of the book 'The Lessons of History' (with illustrations) to help you remember the core concepts. For more insights go to: https://www.8020rule.co/post/the-lessons-of-history-summary-1
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What is the phrase to remember 'The Lessons of History'?
Discount the disparity of good & evil and vice & virtue. Select war, war, or revolution.
What does 'Discount' refer to?
Do not discount the customs which have been developed through experimentation, wisdom, and evolution, over generations. The conservative resisting change is just as valuable as the liberal who proposes change. New ideas should be heard but they should also be tested before being allowed to progress. It is good that the old resist the young and that the young nudge the old. This tension of sexes, race, and class comes with a creative strength, development and movement of all.
What does 'disparity' refer to?
Disparity of wealth is due to disparity of ability. Democracy accelerates the disparity.
What does 'good & evil' refer to?
Nature does not agree with our definitions of 'good' or 'bad'. Nature defines good as what survives and bad as which becomes extinct.
What does 'vice and virtue' refer to?
Every vice was once a virtue
What does 'select' refer to?
History is rich. A case for anything can be made through selection bias.
What does 'war' refer to?
A1: War is a constant of history. In the past 3,421 years, only 268 have been without war.
A2: War is natural selection. The ultimate form of human competition. It is a source of ideas, inventions, institutions and nations.
What does 'revolution' refer to?
Violent revolutions do not redistribute wealth they destroy it. Wealth and money is based on trust in people and institutions, rather than the intrinsic value. Land may be redistributed but over time, because of inequalities a new minority will form. The only true revolution is the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character.
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