There's a correlation between those who think they know what's going on in this world, and those who really know what's going on. That relationship is: History. Those who do not know it will find themselves grasping at figures in the dark, while those who study it and do know it will be carrying the light, illuminating their journey through the corridors of time, finding the answers that are lost within it.
So, let me pose a question: How can one claim to know the world and its problems, when one doesn't even know something as simple as the full names of their Grandparents? How about Great-Grandparents? Or even Great-Great-Grandparents? How about what they did, and how and where they lived? If one is unable to answer these simple questions concerning just a few generations of their own family -their own kin's history - how can they profess to know the history of the world, the enemy, or the real troubles facing us today and throughout time - let alone the mysteries of the universe?
The reason we find ourselves and our nations in the midst of such a lamentable state is largely due to our forgetfulness. We've forgotten our identity and our purpose.
If we aren't tethered to our foundations, then we are easily pulled by the undertow of the current - accepting things contrary to our purpose and striving for the ephemeral comforts and pleasures of life, rather than pursuing the great and noble things. The things worth pursuing bring rewards which are eternal and ethereal - things which make our Father and our ancestors proud and, as a secondary accomplishment, inscribe the names of great men and women into the fabric of time itself.
And while pursuing the study of history gives you a very solid foundation of understanding, one realizes that it is not the only benefit. There's a comfort which comes from knowing what's true. It is the comfort of knowing where you are - for you know where you have been and where you are headed. This understanding of our past and future is the torch we carry which illuminates our way towards the finish-line; to our destiny. It is the beginning and the end that has been written - how the middle plays out is dependent on the actors. However, the actors are always bound to the rules of His stage.
"Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
The repetition of past events has been our burden, for it seems we rarely learn from our mistakes. Our people failed to learn from our mistakes in the past due to a lack of keeping record; our people today fail to learn from our mistakes due to a combination of a warped historical record and a disinterest in learning. There was a time during much of Christendom when we did a fairly good job at obeying His laws and kept the knowledge of who we are and who the enemy is. We lived amongst our kin, and did not allow the other races in. The Christian rulers and commonfolk knew the corrosive nature of the Edomite-Canaanite Jews and their usury, and did their best to keep them out of their nations, confine them to the ghettos, or expel them from their nations entirely.
It wasn't until our altruistic and benevolent nature got the best of us, giving the Jews and other races the option of "convert or die" instead of "leave or be killed". This foolishness always ends up being our own undoing, and Satan's children always take advantage of our errors - 1492 Spain being a fine example.
While we certainly did not do things perfectly, we did however experience a small taste of glory - the sciences, engineering, and the arts experienced positive growth. Even the overall well being of our people - and the other races, too - benefited due to our accomplishments and progress. However, since we've forgotten who we are, our purpose, and our responsibilities; letting the other races live amongst us, letting corruption take root, and tolerating insane and disgusting ideologies. Because of our lack of understanding, our nations have been - and continue to - fall into ruin. Now we're caught up in the turmoil and strife within our nations due to this Godlessness.
It's time we start taking notice of what's important: our history and His law. With these, we can form a plan and begin to fix things and sort out our problems. The truth is the truth, and the truth is fact. It's not going to be comfortable; it's not going to feel warm and fuzzy. If we don't like it, then too bad - the truth doesn't give a damn about how you or I feel. However, we can form our opinion based on the facts of the matter like reasonable beings and act accordingly. Searching for the truth is not an easy task. It takes determination, wisdom, and strength - both mental and physical. And once you find it you must be prepared to uphold it and defend it.
This journey through time - the adventure that is learning history - isn't a short one. You will always be learning and changing your opinions and views based on the facts and truths you uncover. You're not going to build a house on a poor foundation just because you prefer the view, so why would you do the same with your own thought and opinions?