Sep 16, 2013

History Is a Vicious Circle


      An English writer called Aldous Huxley once said: "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach." In a way, this is just a fancier way of saying what George Santayana said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemn to repeat it," which is just another fancier way of saying what Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel said: "What experience and history teach is this - that people and governments never have learned anything from history or acted on principles deduced from it," which is yet another fancier way of saying that history repeats itself - and as Karl Marx would add: "The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce." But enough with the frigging quotes.
      Why am I droning on about history? Because I learned about a really neat TRUE story dating back to May 9th 1864. I know, this is starting to sound like an actual history lesson, but bear with me - there's a punch line at the end, cross my heart. This hi-story actually begins even earlier in 1813. On September 13th 1813, exactly 200 years and 3 days ago, a boy was born in a town called Cornwall in the state of Connecticut in the US of A. The proud mama and papa named the boy John Sedgwick after the kid's grandfather and young John went on to fill a lot of diapers and he out-grew a lot of pants, teased his brother, kissed some girls, jerked off a bit, played with his Nintendo or Playstation or whatever they had back then and eventually fought in the Revolutionary War alongside George Washington and later served as a major general in the Civil War and fought for the Union a.k.a. the North a.k.a. the good guys. Now we're getting closer to May 9th 1864 and closer to the promised punch line.
      During the two week Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, John was supervising his artillery all the while the opponent sharpshooters were shooting at him and the rest of his crew from 900 meters (1,000 yards) away. Everybody on his staff was ducking and flinching terrified of getting hit by the swishing bullets, while John was too much of a man to be twitching and showing signs of any fear of mortality. He was even mocking his men afraid for their lives saying how ashamed he was for them and finally concluding: "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." Just as he put a period at the end of that sentence, he fell flat on his face with a bullet hole under his left eye - and died.
      I know the man died, but this is just too precious for me not to mention the elephant in the room and point out the irony. Besides, it's a great learning tool. The moral of this story? If you have too big of a head, it can cost you one. I'm sure this is one history lesson you really don't want to forget, just so you can later on repeat it yourself. Agreed?

Dress - Newyorker, necklace - Nelly.com, cuff - eBay, shoes - eBay

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      Peet



31 comments:

  1. Interesting and insightful post as always ;-)

    Loving your dark hair with the blue tips! Very pretty :-)

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  2. I love the way you write your posts!
    Please tell me how do you come up with such awesome things to write about.

    Love,
    Anushka Makar
    www.eleganzadubai.blogspot.com

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    1. I wish I had a recipe or a formula because some days I struggle to find the words. But life and random craziness have provided some good (I hope) material so far.:)

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  3. You're hot as always. I really do love that blue in your hair, and I may or may not steal that cuff from ya ;) This story is funny and sad. Sad, because people are really like that, even when their life is on the line. Loved this reminder.

    xo Ashley
    thetiniestfirecracker.com

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  4. U look fab, loved your blue hair and neckpiece..
    Keep in touch,
    www.beingbeautifulandpretty.com
    http://instagram.com/beingbeautifulpooja

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  5. I love history and still learning. You look hot!

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  6. This is priceless! And truly an important lesson!

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.nz/

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  7. You kind of look like a chic bat (that's a compliment) and I love your necklace!

    http://petitemaisonoffashion.blogspot.com/

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  8. looooooove your booties!
    muah*
    mariana

    http://asouthbreeze.blogspot.pt/

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  9. Wooow the shoes! Love the shoes! And the cuff! The accessories totally jazz up the black dress here, really cool!

    As for the story, well history was never one of my best subjects so I will be one of these people who forget history and therefore have to repeat it. Which can have good and bad sides.
    No, joke aside, I get what these clever people wanted to point out (eventhough I sucked at Hegel classes in university).

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  10. Couldn't agree more with your take on this and I actually really like how there ware really two lessons weaved into one neat little article. 1. Don't be an arrogant douche. 2. Don't forget the arrogant douche. (Oh and I'm definitely NOT saying that J.S was a douche. Honestly just trying to make a point!)
    Oh and you look fantastic by the way! :)

    Hayfa
    http://londonloafers.blogspot.com

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    1. J.S. was nowhere near a douche, I agree and get what you're saying. He was definitely a cool cat, he fought for the good guys and did several other great stuff and overcome a handful of obstacles, but his last words kind of bit him in his behind, no doubt.:)

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  11. A great lesson indeed! Love the leopard booties hun! xx

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  12. Unfortunately and despite many important people have been telling us in different words, we haven't got idea of ​​how much truth is in them. You forgot the most easy and important quote: man stumbles twice over the same stone (dont know how it sounds in English, it's translated literally XD)

    God! and I love your blue hair! <3

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  13. LOL jesus christ what a story :D hahahahahahahaha

    you look super hot by the way, babe! xoxox

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  14. Perfect story, love your amazing hair! xxx

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  15. If you were a history teacher, people might actually learn something and remember it after all! You tell the tale so well with your incredible witty writing, i wouldn't even mind if it were 100 pages long. Thats so true, and also about history repeating itself, people don't learn anything from the past politics and wars, if they did, we would be a refined civilization by now. Loving your hair Peet, it looks brilliant!Thank you for sharing your fashion verdict with me on my last post.

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  16. Agreed, a lesson to remember. And your outfit is looking pretty memorable too, love it!

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  17. Very well said! i'm definitely going to remember that. and maybe i should share this post with a few people, just to remind them of this lesson, haha. anyway love your boots babe! looking rad as usual. i totally get your style!

    xo, Carla
    Little Miss Violet

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  18. Hi Peet! I agree with your words, I think everyone, me included, sometimes doesnt learn from history, the past, so is going to repeat it with the same mistakes, too bad! Thanks for sharing the story, wise and inspiring! Btw, you look very cool and I really like your booties! Kisses! xo

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  19. When I was reading your story I wasn't sure where it would lead but I totally agree! What a great lesson and yes history does repeat itself!
    I adore your look! The collar necklace is just fantastic and perfect with your dress!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  20. Hi girl! Ey congrats for your blog..... I just discover it and I like it a lot :D I hope that you can have some time to visit mine.... Kisses from Mexico

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  21. Love the quotes and the story. So true! And you're looking gorgeous as always!

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  22. ooops....... well at least he can say he died a proud and noble man, but I agree, it's important to acknowledge your weaknesses sometimes or be humble when the situation arises, regardless of how invincible or perfect you think you are.

    You do make me laugh, where ever do you find these stories? Don't answer that, its a rhetorical question lol

    Errr, shall we talk about the shoes......LOVE THEM!

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  23. Ha, that man kind of sounds like a dick.

    Those shoes are sexyyyy, can I touch them?

    Corinne x

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  24. Haha that's a good story (well, not for everyone obviously) but I agree with the moral ou gave. Sometimes people should just stop pretending. i'm definitely in love with your blue hair !

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