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Why do we do this to ourselves?

December 28, 2012

‘The world’s bloodiest history : massacre, genocide, and the scars they left on civilization ‘ by Joseph Cummins (2010)

As I read this book I was reminded of George Santayana’s often misquoted “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” in “Reason in common sense”.

This is a gut churning  collection of examples of how humanity has the ability to splinter itself into factions, and then turn on itself in an orgy of blood and hate all in the name of race, politics, religion or social status.

These are not moments where two groups fighting for survival. It’s more about one of those groups striving to utterly destroy the other, just because they can.

The author has done well in covering a wide range of times and periods from Ancient Rome to recent times. He has also got a good selection of well-known events like The Holocaust, forgotten events such as in the destruction of Carthage,  and more recent events such as the Armenian Genocide

With what has happened in Syria lately, one sees the true poignancy of this book. This book shows we do remember these tragedies yet we still seem to commit them, and have not yet learnt how to stop them.

      Darren

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