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History tends to repeat itself. Empires rise and fall in a vicious circle of greed, tribal thinking, prejudice, misunderstandings and envy.

Empires, organisations and companies rise and fall, new are created, get competitors and fall or not, change and evolve, or fall again. People tend to be seduced by either organisations, ideas, tribes, values, often without questioning their source, wondering why they get seduced or what the intention, goal, purpose or competence of the seducer is.
But in the end, it's facts that are more important than fiction.
Or, as they say in NY, true facts.

Do the tedsters have any stories, thoughts or insights about this? Links can be provided.
Excuse my being young and colloquial but... Share or be square..

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    May 5 2013: Live locally, that's where happiness happens. In the end, it's your home life that matters. It's always fun to discuss Spenglerian notions of cyclic (evil) empires, but it's hardly worth stressing over. While it's true that we should learn from the past, imposing perceived past patterns of civilizations on the future would have the same success as predicting the stock market from past patterns - not much, in other words. We just don't know the future, and we don't know when, where and whether history repeats itself, even though we can always pick out such seeming patterns in history - after the fact. It's a little like finding fulfillment of past prophesies - a piece of cake.

    Facts more important that fiction? Perhaps not. It may be that belief is the most important of all. It seems to motivate most people, without much regard to whether it's factual or fictional - and the latter may be predominant and therefore most "important."

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