Sunday, June 01, 2008

Page 123, 3rd sentence

Doralong tapped me for this meme. Page 123, 3rd sentence.

The closest book to hand was "The March of Folly", by Barbara Tuchman.

"Palaces were plundered and left in flames; churches and monasteries sacked for their treasures, relics trampled after being stripped of jeweled covers, tombs broken open in the search for more treasure, the Vatican used as a stable."

Ms. Tuchman is describing the political situation in late Renaissance Europe. I think what we learn from history is that mankind is incapable of learning from history.