Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it. We’ve all heard this adage and many among us take to heart the wisdom of looking backward as a vital practice for understanding the future. As a student of global systems, I’ve followed the rabbit deep down its dark hole on more than one occasion. And I’ve always come back to the surface better able to navigate the terrain with the perspectives gained by doing so.
But what of deep history? Why must we understand the origins of the universe, evolution of stars and planets, and geologic forces in order to grapple with contemporary social issues? The answer — to be succinct — is that only such a broad backdrop will reveal the landscape for potential action today. Continue reading “Want to Change the World? Study Deep History” »