Welcome to The Timeline Series of posts. Posts here are presented as a chronology from about the second century BC up through today. The topics are based on highlights of Western History to begin with, but might branch out as time goes by.
This exercise was somewhat self serving in the sense that I just needed some post data to play with and format as I learn how to manipulate WordPress. Then the notion morphed into a way for me to provide highlights of certain historical events to leave for my kids if they ever got the inclination to get their history from a source they can trust. If there was even more of a bedrock reason for this particular series it was to learn more about the economy. As the idea has developed, it congealed into a timeline that will start near the Anno Domini and work its way up to present day in America. Topics covered will be people and periods in Western History. Topics touched on will be the psychology of the times, the politics of the time, and the economic theories of the times.
Please feel free to point out where I have it wrong and add commentary as you see fit. I hope that these posts will provide a steady chronological reference of how we got to where we are today from the last 2,000 years. Often times I find myself jumping around in history from a current event to a 500 year old event back to a 40 year old event and everywhere in between. It will be healthy for my curiosity about history to be put into this kind of order to see how things unfold and give perspective on the development of the economy.
The economy is a very diverse topic of social science and requires knowing as much as you can. The neat thing about the economy is that is you can never be right. This is why I’m drawn to it and this is the only way to get closer to an understanding of the world in which we live. In order to have breakthroughs in philosophy, we must be as diligent as we can in the impossible pursuit of all knowledge. Here begins part of journey toward economic theory in the 21st century.
You must do your best to understand the past lest you get caught in the circle of ignorance that prohibits foward movement. The circle of ignorance is a euphemism for history repeating itself. Those who don’t learn their history are condemned to repeat it. In order to break that circle, you must sacrifice your time learning the past lest you learn independently what has already been learned previously. If you can learn in a few years what has taken thousands of years to come by, why not make good on that investment? What better way to learn the way forward than linear look at the past. Let’s hope we can break free from the circle of ignorance and find our tangent into original thought. Hold fast to your trajectory and enjoy.
Thank you for reading.