Fandango’s Provocative Question #44

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

You’re probably familiar with this quote from philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist, George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.“ In a 1948 speech to the House of Commons, Winston Churchill changed the quote slightly when he said, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.“

So, speaking about what you remember about the past or have learned from history, how would you answer this question:

What do you think was (or is) the most significant event in the history of the human race? Please explain.

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25 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #44

  1. robertawrites235681907 October 9, 2019 / 3:33 am

    This is a most intriguing question. I think the introduction of formal religions is the most significant even in human history. Nearly all the conflicts in the world have either been for religious reasons or as a result of greed. Human nature is a given, so you couldn’t ever change that, but the advent of religion is a man made intervention.

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  2. Irene October 9, 2019 / 12:08 pm

    I think that control over energy has been a defining aspect of the human race; of course my choice is tricky, because it is not one single event; it started with fire for the caveman, and has continued throughout history with hydro, wind, solar, steam, internal combustion, electric, and nuclear powers. And, needless to say, the historical events related to energy are too many to count (mining, Industrial revolution, oil and gas disputes and environmental disasters, coal, and nuclear weapons, just to mention a few.)

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    • Fandango October 9, 2019 / 8:34 pm

      You make a good point. Harnessing energy has enabled tremendous advancements for humanity.

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  3. Hazel October 9, 2019 / 12:48 pm

    I can say religion is the most for me. It sparks so much negativity and positivity all manmade opinions. #fpq44

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    • Fandango October 9, 2019 / 9:52 pm

      I just got around to reading it and left my comment on your excellent post.

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  4. James Sponseller October 9, 2019 / 4:51 pm

    Without going in too deep, I would say harnessing fire. Being able to see at night extended the usable part of the day. Cooking food extended the menu. Staying warm extended human range across large otherwise non habitable locations. Good question!

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    • Fandango October 9, 2019 / 10:23 pm

      It did wipe out a sizable portion of the population at the time.

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