“We learn from history that we do not learn from history.”
German philosopher Georg W. F. Hegel
Hegel lived from 1770 to 1831. Around 200 years later, American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist, Warren Buffet, said “What we learn from history is that people don’t learn from history.”
And then, along the same line, there’s the famous George Santayana quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Or the Winston Churchill version, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”
Basically, humans seem not to learn from history or tend not to remember the past, as evidenced by the fact that we tend to make the same mistakes over and over again.
And as Albert Einstein allegedly said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday and for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (history).
In the wake of last week’s brouhaha over the harvesting of WordPress bloggers’ post by the tygpress.com site, and the collective efforts taken by many of us to stop the unauthorized theft of our intellectual property, I’ve been checking that site several times a day to verify that it’s still “tentatively” down. And so far, it is.
But what is kind of cool is that when I type “tygpress.com” into Google and scroll down the results displayed, one of my posts is on the first page of results (on my iPhone, at least), along with those of some other WordPress bloggers, including Lorraine of Blindwilderness, Di of Pensitivity101, and a number of others.And on the Google Images Page, there are two of my blog’s images near the top of the results.I have to admit that I was kind of chuffed — a term I learned from Rory (A Guy Called Bloke), which is a British word meaning “very pleased” — to have seen my posts listed among the top search results in Google.
Anyway, the point of this post isn’t to brag. If you posted anything about tygpress over the past week, you may want to go to Google, search tygpress.com, and see if any of your post blurbs about tygpress are listed in the Google search pages. Let me know in the comments if you do.
And just so you know, having a blurb from one of your posts showing up in Google is very different than having your entire blog harvested and readable on tygpress.