History Repeating itself, Should it?

By: Mary McCandless

It is said that history repeats itself, and if it does, why does it take so long? There are some things in history that I think many of us would not want to have repeated. For instance, the volcanic eruption that destroyed Pompeii, the destruction of Rome and some other terrible events that occurred in early history. Nevertheless, when it comes to technology, we are surprisingly very slow to capture it from ancient history. One very interesting example is the Antiythera mechanism that was found in 1901 from a sunken Roman boat. Created by the Greeks; The Antiythera mechanism was carbon dated and researchers found that it dates back to about 150 BC. This device is what we would probably call a modern-day clock with 37 gear wheels, it was used to track movements of the moon and sun. The first geared clock was not invented until the 1600s. Pretty impressive!

It is amazing some of the inventions that were made over 2,000 years ago, but surprising that much of it was lost in time and only to resurface 2,000 years later. Some of these inventions that go back even further, was the use of steam to heat wood so that it can be shaped, brick ovens for cooking, or concrete that withstood the test of time to make ports for ships. Did you know that Hero of Alexandria was an engineer and mathematician in Alexandria, who created the first vending machine, stand alone fountains? He also created a vessel that with heat and displaced water along with ropes would open and close temple doors! Amazing. (history.com)

When I read about what was created thousands of years ago, I couldn’t help but wonder, “What happened to all of this knowledge?” Why did we lose it and why did it take so long to catch up to us? We were not using steam to its fullest extent, and vending machines have only been in around since the 18th century. For the most part, we are still a very primitive society.

There seems to be a 2,000 year gap, and instead of forging ahead in history with much of the technology used from ancient times, we somehow reverted back and had to start over.

Could it be that during that time no one had an interest for the past? It is confusing.

I often wonder, why we did not question the earlier use of inventions, and why did we stop using what worked? So fast-forward to present day, why are we in a space station that just circles the earth and not traveling to Alpha Centauri by now? Hmmm.

If we take this same logic and apply it to what we do as people, sometimes we cannot get away from the past. They say old habits die hard, and yet we repeat the past. I am guilty of that myself.

When I find myself doing something I did in the past that did not quite work out, I stop myself. I think about why the old ways really do not work for me and change them. The key is to stick to it. The same can be true for relationships. We stay in relationships that are not healthy, but why? Is it because it is safe or comfortable for the moment? It usually does not last, and things go back to the way they were. Did we see our parents or others stay together because history says that is what should be done? We try to convince ourselves that it will get better and just wait it out, but that never happens.

It can be a scary thing to make a drastic change to your life. It is not easy, and it does get better! More importantly if it is going to help you not repeat history and make your life what you want, taking that new road is not a bad idea. Our lives, our history should be of our own making, happy and fulfilling. It should be that legacy you leave behind whether it is for your children, family or friends. Our lives should not be just dealing with a situation, it should be about forging ahead and never looking back. It is about changing our history and not repeating it. Also, change is not failure it is progression to be allow you to get to where you need and want to be.

Take a look at your history, your life’s journey, is it the path you want to be on? If not, change it and make new history.