People Don’t Learn from History
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
One of the great history professors, J. Rufus Fears, made a list of what you needed to do to learn from history in the WISDOM OF HISTORY, Great Course. However, his first point was that people don’t learn from history. The news media seems to have fallen into that trap.
Looking back at history, weak, compromising, liberal political administrations have consistently brought and invited wars. So, every major war in the 20th Century was under such an administration. Neville Chamberlain, who’s now wrongly being re-evaluated, believed (in his upper class English way) that he could win Hitler to his side. He came back from meeting with Hitler to declare, “Peace in our time.” As we all know, Hitler took advantage of Neville and proceeded to lay waste to much of Europe. Prime Ministers, such as Winston Churchill, had to solve the problem to win the war. Thus, President Ronald Reagan came in and won the Cold War without firing a shot.
Now, we have another weak administration, which has naively been promoting “diplomacy” over strength. However, the liberal-leaning media has created a false dialogue which has supported the old, the decrepit and the weak, and torn down the strong and courageous. Thus, this year, we lost Hong Kong, Afghanistan and now one of my favorite places on Earth, Ukraine, to fanatical tyranny and ruthless rulers.
It’s interesting to note that, in the beginning, one of those networks, CNN, started its news division being run by a Christian, whom I knew very well, who had worked with Campus Crusade for Christ. Over the years, CNN got co-opted, then transformed and finally so ideologically askew that, if you follow up their pronouncements on any issue, their opinions and pronouncements have nothing to do with the reality of what was said or what was done. Most people have realized this and abandoned CNN and its partner, MSNBC, but a few have continued to support these wrongheaded outlets, much to the detriment of the people who were crushed in Hong Kong, died in Afghanistan and are being killed now in Ukraine.
One would hope people would learn from history, but the recent media conclusions on almost every issue shows that that has not happened, as of yet.
To understand history, you first must understand who God is and who man is. Until you understand that, you will fall for the ultimate lie whispered to Adam and Eve, “Eat of this fruit and you shall be as God.”
Editor’s Note: For some great cinematic lessons ripped from the headlines of history, MOVIEGUIDE® recommends films like THE PATH TO 9/11, GLORY, GETTYSBURG, DARKEST HOUR, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, IN THE FACE OF EVIL, UNITED 93, THE KINGS SPEECH, JOHNNY TREMAINE, JOYEUX NOEL, HOTEL RWANDA, SOPHIE SCHOLL: THE FINAL DAYS, and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
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