I’ve long been convinced of the worth of learning the lessons of history. Reading a book called Lost Causes I discovered these quotes: one pithy and the others less so but both apropos of the thesis:

Weak things must boast of being new… But strong things can boast of being old.
~ G.K. Chesteron.

If the accumulated wisdom and the tested habits of the ages accounts for naught, then surely it is ill. But is such things afford security and sanity, then it is an augur of great good.
~ James Gleason Archer.

When we prosper we lose sight of the very virtues from whence prosperity has sprung – virtues birthed in suffering, isolation, shame and defeat.
~ E.M. Bounds.

With reference to this last quote, if we want to enjoy a fair, gracious and free society we must continue to exercise the responsibilities that made such a society in the first place. To do that, we must recall and recapture those qualities.