Friars’ Passions – 5 An enduring interest in History
Although our world has changed beyond recognition in the last two decades, I think we can be sure that human nature has not changed. There is nothing new under the sun. Therefore a study of history and its characters will help us understand better our world as it is today and make us wiser is trying to avoid the mistakes of our past. It can give us a fascinating insight into human nature in all its complexity. It should also give each of us the knowledge that, with God’s help, and if only in a small way, one person can make a real difference for the better in the lives of others. In the words of the great Irishman Edmund Burke, ‘nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little’.