"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat past mistakes."
Something so simple to understand yet has been overlooked and ignored even is this age of smart phones and other such technological devices.
Smart phones don't make people smart and with that there has been a generation that has been under the wrong impression of what it means to affect the world and society.
There has been a disturbing phenomenon where life has made a loop back toward times best left forgotten for a way forward. 'Looking back to move forward' - sounds ridiculous, but it is happening and it is a force that is not showing signs of slowing down despite how 'smart' humans think they have become. (A person can be so smart that they could circle back to stupid - anonymous quote)
The 1960s/1970s and 2000s/2010s are sharing so much in common that are not for the good of anyone... Death of young black men at the hands of police and police being killed in the name of retaliation.
Knowing history and learning from it are two different issues all together; Designs and fashions from the 1960s/1970s were not meant for profit but a sign of rebelling against 'authority', and an excuse to have sex and use drugs which is also happening in thew 2000s/2010s.
The 'conflicts' over in the middle east are resembling another 'conflict' (losing war/disaster) - Vietnam, and with more death and destruction yet to come thanks to better technology (better weapons of mass destruction). More civilian casualties to be ignored by the public majority as they stare at their smartphones.
The current generation (under the age of 21) has access to a virtually limitless bank of history by way of the internet and school, but do not care to learn the meaning of what happened ion the past except to pass tests to get through school.
History isn't the only thing being ignored or not getting the attention truly deserved; climate change seems to be still considered laughable, but the unnatural changing of the seasons and increase of global instability should be a wake-up call to everyone, right? No.
With legitimate arguments about the impending issues and large corporations doing very little to help the environment; the signs of trouble are not slowing as they steadily increase in their progress.
In the United States, jobs are becoming harder to come by as technology is being used to replace the human factor in the workplace which leads to many without jobs, but satisfied with becoming dependent on government assistance - ignorant (selfish desire for looking out for only themselves) of what this will cause for future generations.
Are people in power waiting for a very public acceleration to these problems before they truly begin to act? With a current generation of those who could pretty much care less and the previous two generations almost caring as little except for themselves along with ignoring/underestimating the mistakes of the past.
What will happen to us with social, economical, and environmental disasters looming on the horizon?
Let's take whatever new pill there is for depression and ignore the elephant(s) in the room?
Kind of hard to ignore problems that way, but many are doing just that...