My Thoughts Of History'S Largest Lesson

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My Thoughts of History’s Largest Lessons By: Leslie Newman While reading History’s Largest Lessons several things popped into my mind in regards to Donald Kagan’s point of views. Over all I believe that Mr. Kagan brought up some very interesting and legitimate points, some of which have never been brought to my attention before. Reading this article has made me put my past teachings into retrospect. In the opening paragraph it states Professor Kagan believes that “if we are to understand the world in which we live, we have no surer source, indeed no other source, than the past”. I could not agree with that statement any more. We must look at what we’ve done in the past to better understand why we do the things we do today and how we even got to the position we’re in today. While I was reading this article I highlighted all the things that I disagreed with and all the things that I strongly agreed with. When I finished I went back to review the points and found that I had only highlighted one thing that I had disagreed with. Professor Kagan stated that “People seem to think that only nuclear weapons can thoroughly destroy a civilization, but when the Athenians got through with Melos, they killed all the men and sold all the women and children into slavery. I regard that as sufficiently horrendous an outcome that to speak of worse is pointless.” The fact that he said to speak of worse is pointless boggles my mind. Thinking of worse possibilities is never pointless, I mean isn’t that the reason we all have insurance? To be prepared for those situations that just might happen but usually don’t. For example, my parents have been paying for flood insurance for god knows how many years but not once have had to use it, and who knows if they ever will, but if they decided to stop paying for flood insurance then suddenly one day their house floods it would take
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