I had moment of early morning, jump out of bed and write it down, inspiration the other day.
It was the equation of history.
The Present = (Past Realities) + (Hopes for the Future)
The present, in very simple terms, is a combination of things that have already happened and what is hoped to happen in the future.
History is the study of this equation as it relates to individuals, corporations, governments, nations, etc.
Think about how you think about yourself, for example. You might be like me and when you think about yourself you have this knowledge of things you’ve done, seen, and heard. Then you compare that with how you think you should be.
A historical study does the same thing. It tries to figure out what the present is for any given time period, event, or issue by putting together the past events and the ideals that people left behind.
Anyhow, that’s a quick, not well thought out explanation of a very early morning inspiring thought. As those types of thoughts go, they often don’t pan out when brought under the light of a conscious brain.