Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
That's something we've all heard at some point, right? It's cliche at this point––but that doesn't mean the phrase isn't grounded in some form of truth, as we've learned from today's burning question from Redditor lunayoshi, who asked the online community: "What are some interesting modern examples of history repeating itself?"
"A lot of it happens..."
A lot of it happens in corporations.
Year One: Our vendor billing is way too high! Lets bring this function in house and build a department with new hires. We'll save a lot!
Year Two: This new department is way over-loaded, we need to staff them up.
Year Three: This department needs a unified strategy and process, they are working on stuff all over the place and getting annoyed.
Year Four: The process means we can't get anything done, our staffing costs are through the roof, and due to internal politics we can't get certain jobs done. We're going to outsource some of this work to vendors.
Year Five: We regret that we've had let the entire department go, and we will now be using external vendors to fulfill all these tasks. We thank that team for their years of service.
Year Eight: Our vendor billing is way too high! Lets bring this function in house and build a department with new hires. We'll save a lot!
In 1982, after breaking through to stardom on Saturday Night Live by showcasing his prowess as an extremely talented physical comic, which then led to a successful film career, John Belushi was found dead from an overdose of heroin and cocaine at the age of 33.
Fifteen years later in 1997, after breaking through to stardom on Saturday Night Live by showcasing his prowess as an extremely talented physical comic, which then led to a successful film career,
John Belushi Chris Farley was found dead from an overdose of heroin and cocaine at the age of 33.
Streaming services such as Netflix are beginning to look a lot like cable where you select and pay for the channels you want... Netflix, Prime, HBO, Disney, Hulu, etc. Pretty soon they'll start packaging them.
Could just post a long list of invasions of Afghanistan.
[Generic Hubristic Power] invades mountainous and fractious environment, gets bogged in an embaressingly long and expensive conflict followed by an eventual retreat when enough time has passed to maybe save face (big maybe on that one).
Tale as old as time.
IT company creates simple unique solutions, solutions becomes successful, solutions is upgraded over and over until its immensely hard to maintain, full of bugs, full of legacy code, and user experience declines. Then new IT company comes in! IBM->Microsoft->Apple-> what's next because my iPhone and Mac are full of garbage that 99% of the world doesn't want.
"I read a lot..."
I read a lot of Flannery O'Connor's short stories and a lot of times when I read through them, all I can think about is how they were written in the 50's and 60's, yet a lot of the social issues they touch on are pretty much the same today, especially in parts of the south (where her stories are set) and Appalachia.
She wrote about a lot of people with ugly personalities and how they get away with being so awful. Like there's a story about a farm owner who hires some Polish farmhands to help out, and the original farmhands that still worked there didn't like how hard the Polish folks worked because it made them look bad, so they murdered the patriarch of the harder working family and made it look like an accident.
In the end, the Polish family ended up suffering and the owner of the farm who had hired both sets of farmhands ended up losing all her livelihood due to what happened and being stuck with the crappier set of farmhands. And the crappy farmhands ended up screwing themselves out of their jobs thanks to the loss of the farm.
There's a lot of stark warnings about social issues in her books. Warnings that just were never heeded I guess.
"Democracy can have some major issues..."
Democracy can have some major issues when societies are fragmented. If you look at Italy in the late 19th century, the country was very divided in aspects like religion, language and culture. This made it extremely difficult to introduce policies that would both help push the country forward and appeal to a majority of people. It was a big factor in the rise of Mussolini and his facist ideology that would relentlessly push forward policies without much regard to their popularity.
Now, our society is generally more fragmented than ever. Having such a multicultural society is unprecedented, and it's pretty easy to spot the differences between what different groups desire. This is why far left and right ideologies are being romanticized by so many people, they see these groups as the only ones who can make significant changes in the aspects of life they find important.
"It looks to me..."
It looks to me, as a European, that the winds of war are going to blow again over our lands. Society is more and more divided, the economy keeps getting worse and populism is on the rise.
My only hope is that the war will be purely economical. But I am afraid of what the future holds.
"Late to the party..."
Late to the party, but I would say the sudden move away from international organizations by the nations of the world. Similar to what we saw before WW2.
After WW1 a plethora of treaties were signed that intertwined all the nations of Europe through a series of complex treaties, alliances, pacts, agreements, etc. Furthermore, the League of Nations was formed to bring closer the nations of the world. Then we saw nations dropping these pacts, leaving the League of Nations, ignoring international accords, then we got WW2.
Now we have the EU falling apart, independence movements sprouting up all over, extremely influential groups emerging opposed to the EU, UN, Paris Climate Accord, etc. and furthermore you have nations pulling out of major agreements and accords, for example the USA and NAFTA.
Obviously it would be a long shot to say WW3 is coming, but the parallels of self-isolation are interesting.
"Rinse and repeat..."Giphy
People invest in something: THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT
Narrator: it wasn't
Market crashes, greed and recklessness exposed, people promise to be different...
People invest in new shiny thing: THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT
Rinse and repeat for all of human history.
"Both were started..."
Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism. Both were started by people having baseless accusations against innocent people of them being evil.
Fear of automation/new technologies that can replace human labor.
"Around the turn of the century..."
Around the turn of the century, a man named Friedrich Winslow Taylor invented a form of corporate fascism he called "scientific management". It exerts dictatorial control over workers to squeeze as much labor out of them, and to make the job so menial it can be done by low-paid, low-skill replacements. It failed. Miserably. It serves the purpose of prole-kicking, but it's not effective. In this time, workers were put into open-plan, noisy spaces where they were visible to management from behind– all day. This was destructive to health, morale, and effectiveness.
In 2019, neo-Taylorism is called "Agile" and unavoidable in the software industry. It results in a deplorable product. Open-plan offices, something Silicon Valley companies succeeded in spite of, are all the rage. (The truth about Silicon Valley success is that it's 35% marketing and 64.9% outright fraud.)
More generally, we're repeating the mistakes of 1914–39. Ill-managed prosperity caused the last Great Depression. Nitrogen fixation was a game-changer: we suddenly became far better at making food. As a result, people starved. Why? Two reasons. One: to the lords and imperialists and assorted scumbags who profit from violence, food is fuel for war (and was historically a limiting factor). So we had a really long war that is generally considered pointless, followed by an even worse war caused by mistakes in wrapping up the first one. North America fared a bit better, but had a nightmare depression in the 1930s because we got so good at making food that farmers went bankrupt, leading to cascading rural poverty that politicians did nothing about, because the leading political thought supported laissez-faire, trickle-down economics and held (so-called "Protestant work ethic") that poverty was a bitter moral medicine people needed to take, rather than a cancer that spreads.
The parallels to today's mistakes, in the above, are obvious. Instead of farming that is experiencing technological disruption (leading to price collapses) it is all human labor. Scarcity largely persists in 2019 because of an unfortunate defect in the human character which allows the worst people to rise the highest in complex organizations and societies.
Right now parents are complaining that video games, the internet, and mobile phones are making our generation stupider. One of the main arguments is "having knowledge at your fingertips discourages learning and memorizing."
Around 2300 years ago, Aristotle complained that books and theater were destroying the current generation. His main argument was that "books make it too easy to write down information instead of learning it and memorizing it from speeches."
In movies and TV, a character who is portrayed as highly intellectual has visible signifiers.
In real life, however, a person with a high IQ is not as easily identified by common Hollywood stereotypes of smart people.
"What is a subtle sign that someone is really intelligent?"
The minds of really smart individuals never stop working.
"They draw wisdom from multiple sources. Wait but that might be more wise than intelligent... But I guess those two tend to be seen together a lot."
"They are curious about everything."
"To be intelligent you need to be knowledgeable and you cant be knowledgeable if you are never curious."
The way highly intelligent people interact with others is slightly different.
"They can switch up the way they talk to match the person they're talking to without sounding condescending. They listen to how others learn and explain it in that person's language of understanding."
Talking On Level Ground
"Talking to people as if they're intelligent at their level and without being condescending or even letting on that it's lower than their level."
"I used to work with a doctor - Tom Howard - and the day I realized he was a genius was the time he guessed every single condition a patient of mine had based on minute piece of information about him."
The Humble Professor
"No joke. The smartest professor I had in engineering school was also the most humble. She was an astounding human being. By week 2, she knew everyone's names by heart in the intro engineering course. In College. With like 180 students. Later, in upper division classes, people would occasionally ask some really stupid questions."
"Like, it happens... you get so deep into some fluid mechanics derivation or something you forget something really basic. People would ask a question like this and everyone would be thinking like; 'Wow, how did you even make it this far?' but then... it's like she would spot the flaw in their understanding so perfectly, and then respond with such clarity and wisdom that the person asking the question would look less stupid and the whole class would be enlightened."
"And here's the thing... I pride myself on being really good at that exact skill. I tutored a lot of people. I was easily one of the brightest amongst my peers. But that woman was on another level. It was mind-blowing."
"And it wasn't just her intelligence, but her organizational skills, discipline, consistency.... And yet... she was so humble. She was quiet and physically quite small. But she just exuded competence and immediately commanded every room she walked into. I've never seen anything quite like it."
A Positive Effect
"When they explain something they make you feel intelligent."
When In Doubt
"They know when their knowledge ends and say something to the extent of 'I don't know and anything else i say on this topic is ignorant speculation.'"
Some with impressive IQs may deal with questions in the following ways.
Reaction To Delayed Responses
"'You really think about everything don't you?' - a doctor, to me, after he asked me a question and I took longer than 2 seconds to answer it."
"No, I just pull something out of my @ss every time and those extra seconds you waited for me to answer were purely to irritate you for my own enjoyment."
The Really Good Questions
"They can ask really good questions."
"Edit: to anyone not understanding what mean, I’m talking about people who ask 'really good questions,' not just any questions, really good ones. I don’t know how one would achieve this skill(I know I haven’t)."
"They spend time thinking before asking a question."
"Some of the smartest people don’t comment at all."
I agree with many of the comments saying a really intelligent person knows how to cater the conversation towards another person's level of understanding.
They do have the impressive skill to convey something in a way that can easily be understood. Some of the most venerated professors at my university were like this, and their classes were always the hardest to get in to.
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There are roughly 7 billion people on earth so being the top 1% of anything sounds like it might be an incredible honor.
Maybe you've received an award or a certification that only a few people have gotten. Or maybe you have a rare disease, which doesn't sound as fun.
We went to Ask Reddit to find the people who are in a top 1% of people.
Redditor I_Love_Small_Breasts asked:
"What are you in the 1% of?"
Here's some of the rare groups people are apart of or things they experience.
Could be totally great or totally inconvenient.
"If I shake my head in a certain way, I can give myself an orgasm. Never met anyone who can do that."
"Wow that sounds incredibly inconvenient."
"'Shaking my head' has a whole new meaning now. Damn."
Survived a flesh eating bacteria.
"Survived flesh eating bacteria in the bloodstream after sepsis. Most people die within 3 days."
"Had MRSA and sepsis because of an open wound on my left foot. Thing is a nurse was treating the wound with Santyl and it was fully bandaged at all times. The nurse changed the dressings 3 times a week but I still ended up in the hospital with antibiotics IV'd into each arm plus oral antibiotics. Spent 15 days in ICU having all my organs sonogramed for signs of the infection spreading. X-rays and MRI's to check for bone infections and when they released me I had to wear a wound vac pump for 2 months to seal the wound on my foot."
"I can stop my hiccups on command."
"There’s a superpower for sure."
This is way less than 1%
"I am one of only 1300 board certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners for the adult and adolescent population. In the world."
"I'm unsettled by how small that number is."
"To be fair, there are more SANE nurses, meaning nurses who take care of these patients and are qualified to do so. Being board certified just means I took an extra step after I reached a qualifying time to take a test to prove it. I’m actually up for renewal. At the time I first tested, I was one of something like 1100."
"Still, even knowing that, there aren’t enough SANEs or FNEs overall."
"I’m naturally ambidextrous. Apparently that’s something only 1% of people naturally are. I can use both right and left hands ably for any task. For example, I often switch which hand I write with based on how I’m sitting."
"It’s worth noting natural ambidexterity is not the same as learned or acquired ambidexterity. For example, left handed people often have to use things designed for right handed people but otherwise are left handed."
"I’m of the .002% of people with osteopoikilosis. This freaked the sh*t out of me because when I was diagnosed the first thing the doctor said was 'wow I’ve never seen this in anything but textbooks before.'"
"Basically, I have bones growing inside my bones. It’s not anything I should be worried about, at least for a while, so that’s nice."
How many people can say this?
"I've represented my country in the Paralympic games."
"That’s a really nice one! Which specialty?"
"Volleyball for Great Britain in the 1996 games in Atlanta."
"Not me but my dad."
"He was born with a backwards heart and didn’t find out till his heart attack a few years ago and it actually saved his life."
"His doctor later told him that after being a doctor for over 30 years he’d never seen someone with a backwards heart and that apparently 1% of people on the planet have it."
"I am diagnosed with Visual snow syndrome. Basically seeing through static. It may not be rare as thought but I am one of very few people to be formally diagnosed."
"Same! I figured it out when people didn’t see the static and I heard it mentioned! Used to think I was seeing molecules when I was a little kid haha."
HIV resistant gene mutation.
"I have a double gene mutation that makes me highly resistant or even immune to the HIV virus."
"Can doctors use your blood to help those with HIV?"
"I have the same mutation and I've donated samples towards research. I got an email last year about vaccine hopes but I'm not sure where it went."
There are some incredible people out there in the world, and thankfully the internet is bringing them all together.
It's fascinating to see how diverse humans really are.
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How you approach life's many trials and tribulations can say a lot about who you are. However, many of us don't necessarily learn some lessons so easily.
Life is complicated. It's messy. Few, if any things, go according to plan. On top of that, sometimes the way we handle our relationships or our obligations might not be the most healthy one.
You live, you learn... or so the saying goes.
People shared their stories after Redditor ryanblumenow asked the online community,
"What did you learn at great personal cost?"
"I broke three..."
"Never trust a ladder set up by someone else. I broke three of my lumbar vertebrae. Thankfully I recovered fully, but damn was that scary. I also bit through my lower lip. I have a nice scar as a memento."
This is terrifying. Glad you're still alive–that you healed is miraculous!
"Even if you work your hardest..."
"Even if you work your hardest, do everything right, and are a great employee… you may still be seen as expendable."
This is true. Your company will never be loyal to you. Don't bend over backwards. Do your job–don't sell your soul.
"That you need to be careful..."
"That you need to be careful what you put up with as it teaches people how to treat you. I lost a lot of 'friends' once I started to set boundaries."
This is very true. I can relate: I definitely lost a few so-called "friends" the second I began standing up for myself.
"This goes for all relationships..."
"Don't listen to what people say, but what they do. This goes for all relationships, both professional and personal."
Amen to that. It's a cliche, but actions absolutely do speak louder than words.
"Family can be just as toxic..."
"Family can be just as toxic for you as anyone else. Sometimes it's best to cut them out."
Ain't that the truth.
Are we trading toxic family stories now?
"If someone gets upset..."
"If someone gets upset at you for trying to establish boundaries with them, it's not you being mean or unreasonable, it's them not caring about your happiness."
This is spot on. Don't trust people who violate your boundaries. Your gut won't lie to you, not about this.
"You can't convince them."
"You cannot, even subtly, force someone to love you. You can't convince them. They either do or they don't, and it's on you to decide what to do with that unchangeable position in mind."
I feel like many people go through their 20s without learning this.
Not that I know anything about this... or anything like that.
"Just because you try to be a good friend..."
"That people aren't always your friend. Gaslighting is real. Just because you try to be a good person doesn't mean good things will happen to you."
Very true. Be very careful about what you put out there. Not everyone has good intentions, though this is not in anyway meant to imply that the world is terrible.
It isn't. Just be judicious.
"You can accomplish..."
"You can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Doesn't mean you should. Everything will cost more than you anticipate in ways you can't imagine."
That's a poetic way to put it! Spot on. Everything costs something, even your success.
"That you don't have to run off and get married. A marriage that only lasted one year cost me more than $10K. Life is not a race and you don't need to be married by a certain point or at all for that matter."
"Be patient, make yourself available, gravitate to those who understand you the most."
Awful. It sounds like you have peace of mind now, however, which is priceless.
Don't be so hard on yourself, by the way. We all learn at our own pace.
Here's a tip before we go: Your education is never complete. Life always something to teach you, so just accept it, be open to it, and go in grace.
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Is there anyone who loved high school?
High school is a disaster. That is true for like... 95% of us.
it's like being branded. "I survived high school because of this!!"
The past is never really past, is it? What did you see?
Redditor HelloProxima wanted to go back and visit the teenage years, by asking:
"What is the most f**ked up thing that happened in your high school?"
I'm on the fence about high school. I want to hate it, but nostalgia haunts me. I saw a lot of violence, there is that.
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"They started charging us for ketchup in the cafeteria. Most of the school boycotted cafeteria lunch and brought all manner of condiments from home. We were on CNN. They eventually caved." ~ Ash3Monti
No one liked him.
"I was big into drama club and musical theatre when I was in high school. There was a girl in the drama club in her freshmen or sophomore year who was super nice and everyone loved her. Her older brother on the the other hand, was a complete and total douchebag. No one liked him."
"He always made inappropriate comments or jokes and no one liked to be around him. One night, he was driving him and his sister back from school when he took a steep curve going around 100 mph. He lost control and hit a telephone pole. His sister died instantly and he was in a coma for a few weeks but ultimately survived."
"Myself and my friends in the drama club were devastated. She was one of the sweetest girls you'll ever met and we all loved her. A year or two later, the brother messages my sister and tries to use his sister's death as leverage to get laid. F**k you, you piece of crap." ~ FearTheKeflex
"Guidance counselor was taking bribes to change grades (Both money and sexual favors). Invited one male student over to his house. Had the student tie him up and hang him by chains in his basement "dungeon." Student was homophobic and while the counselor was tied up, bludgeoned him to death." ~ monthos
"This is not that extreme, but it's still disgusting. We have drinking water taps instead of fountains. One parent was suspicious of whether they were cleaning the tanks or not. So they made an announcement that the tank was being cleaned every single day."
"A lot of us didn't believe it, so a group of boys decided to see for themselves if it was true or not. So they put a dead frog in the tank when there was no one around. I don't even know where they found the frog but they swear they didn't kill it. Anyway the frog was there for a few weeks. And obviously the water started tasting weird."
"After the teachers got multiple complaints, they opened the tank and found the frog. The boys were punished, but they fired back with the fact that they lied about cleaning the tanks. They were still punished, because they proved it in a disgusting way. They could've put literally anything in the tank, but they chose a dead frog." ~ R00mTemperature
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"A worker doing stuff on the roof. He fell off. Landed in the 'quad' at lunch. A large piece of machinery fell and squished his head. Like a cartoon, only funny. Like 150 Kids saw this." ~ LordInventus
"The Latin kings gang threatened my cousin and his friends and they had 10 squad cars guarding the whole school and dismissed us the same day early." ~ Terrykrinkle
“it’s gonna blow”
"I had just moved in from Egypt to the states in my senior year of high school. A teacher thought it would be funny to fold a bunch of papers and wrap them in duck tape to make it look like a bomb and threw it my direction and went under his desk saying 'it’s gonna blow.' Everybody started laughing and I was so clueless then I just laughed along. It infuriates me to this day that I didn’t call him out on it or report him." ~ ezzabousaif
"Someone somehow made a bomb threat on a Swedish fish candy. Like one single piece. I don’t know how it happened but he got arrested." ~ ts_13_
"A couple weeks before graduation, this kid hacked into the school system and put a Hitler quote and a Boston bomber reference in the senior quotes for the yearbook. One of the affected parties was a trans girl, and we're still not sure if it was a targeted act because of that."
"Administration didn't find out until the entire senior class had received their books. Some people turned theirs in to get their pages replaced, but some kept it because it was a 'limited edition item' or some stupid sh*t like that. Kid got arrested and charged with cybercrime, since he hacked everyone in our school system's school passwords."
"He was so close to graduating too, but got expelled like two weeks before he could. Looked like a rat too. It was all over the news, and everyone in the state of CT basically knows about this now. Got out on bail for $5000." ~ kocorpsie
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"We had a huge fight happen in the girls bathroom."
"Apparently one student brought drugs to school and was selling it to her friends. A completely unrelated student caught on and stole the drugs while everyone else was in class. She was caught snorting the drugs in the bathroom by the group selling the drugs and got the crap beat out of her."
"We also had a recently graduated student murder his parents for insurance money . He hid the bodies in a chicken coop and told everybody they were on vacation. It wasn't until 7 months later the bodies were found by the landlord because the rent was late." ~ randomgenericcow
Enjoy high school, at least try too. Maybe if more kids do that, it wouldn't be so insane.
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