History is rich in FASCINATING persons and customs and monumental struggles, and most of all we can see how people, with their ideas and their hopes, their little plans, and grand schemes, tried to make their way through life in this world. History is the lab experiment of human nature!
In the study of history, we find ourselves, we find how human nature and human needs are ever the same. But human solutions are myriad! We see the rise and fall of great endeavors. The seemingly infinite complexity of the past can be distilled down, philosophically, to the experiences that we really can learn from, those that reveal themselves again and again, in all their variety and similarity. The lessons of history are for all of us to learn, or to ignore at our own peril, as one famous lesson from Lord Acton puts it, that “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely.”