This Week...History Keeps Getting Further Away

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This Week...History Keeps Getting Further Away


Today marks the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  If your knowledge of history needs some refreshing you can learn more about the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Hawaii. 




History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. Maya Angelou

When I was thinking about this day, it occurred to me that the events that were so strongly etched in our minds when we were younger, keep getting further away.  




I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. Thomas Jefferson


I wonder if young people...and I’m including those in the 4o-50 age range know the significance of this day. I also wonder what if any of this is taught in our schools. 




For example, I’m young enough that I only know that there was World War I and it was often called The Great War. 

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice. Mark Twain

And what about Viet Nam, September 11, Man’s walk on the moon??? They keep getting further away from us in time. 




Is the only lesson of history to be that mankind is unteachable?  Winston Churchill

While it is important to experience the present and not dwell on what was, we can’t forget what brought us to where we are. 



Have a wonderful weekend!





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Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That was a sad day for the human race. You would think that nations would learn from the past wars and work on world peace.

Dec 07, 2019 04:35 AM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Goodo morning, Kathy Streib I was just watching this on the news.... a 98 year old survivor was there....he said he eats steak and eggs and scotch and water to stay healthy!!!!!!! LOL

Dec 07, 2019 04:37 AM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

My Dad was ast Pearl Harbor,..,he only ever mentioned it once that I remember...a Sea of Blood...that memory I am sure never got far away from him.

Dec 07, 2019 04:48 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - your choice of quotes has once again led me on a path --- as usual somewhat circuitous...I guess that's a lot like history.  

Dec 07, 2019 04:56 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There are some things we would like to always keep close to us, but history is always moving farther away with each passing day.

Dec 07, 2019 05:07 AM #8
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

The last 2 generations have NO education, recollection or knowledge of history unless they took the initiative.

My 'about to turn 40' nephew is a history buff but he followed his own thirst for knowledge. 

If the kids today had any clue about history, they would be much more reflective and thoughtful about what is going on in our world today.


i repeat myself

Dec 07, 2019 05:35 AM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... although I was born after WWII, as an "early" baby boomer, the events of that war and Pearl Harbor do not seem like "old" history to me. But I'm sure to people under the age of 30 and maybe even 40 this is ancient history.

Dec 07, 2019 06:01 AM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

First thing Rick said when we woke up this morning was that it was Pearl Harbor Day. I'm not even that great with historic dates, but I did know this one. Sad to think that future generations may have no idea.

Dec 07, 2019 06:27 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It was definitely a sad day.  And this quote says so much,

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice. Mark Twain


Dec 07, 2019 07:13 AM #12
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathy,
Let's hope the words of Winston Churchill are not true.  I think we do learn from history but, unfortunately, the current generations to follow seem to want to ignore it, even erase it... at the risk of repeating it.

Dec 07, 2019 07:59 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Kathy Streib - my father enlisted in the Army Air Corps the day after.  He did a great imitation of Roosevelt's Yesterday, December 7th speech.

Dec 07, 2019 08:30 AM #14
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy,  My dad enlisted within a week after Dec 7 and made it out okay but had bad dreams for a long time.


Dec 07, 2019 08:42 AM #15
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Kathy Streib I knew as a kid what the attack on Pearl Habor meant as my Dad was a Captain in the Army. They also were married on the 7th so that made it easier to remember the date to this day. As for kids learning history, highly doubtful in the public school system.

Dec 07, 2019 09:43 AM #16
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Kathy- I do wonder what they are teaching in history class nowadays.   The horrific events of September 11th are ones  the majority of us will always remember but what about future generations learning about it only if they learn about it in school. 

Dec 07, 2019 09:52 AM #17
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

There is an odd thing that I have noticed when it comes to my own perceptions of history.  I had no interest in that subject as a kid or a student.  Therefore, the events like WWII and Pearl Harbor seemed like ancient history.  However, as I became older, I developed a huge interest in history.  I watch all kinds of documentaries via PBS, Netflix, etc.  Somehow, that ancient history seems more recent that it likely does for others.

Dec 07, 2019 10:44 AM #18
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy unfortunately very little importance's seems to be put on many of the historic events you mentioned.  It is ashame that the focus has turned to things of much less significance's.

Dec 07, 2019 03:35 PM #19
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This is another ingredient of the self learning we just talked about. This is right on!

Dec 09, 2019 05:29 AM #20
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I simply cant imagine what that horrific day was like....but, we must always remember

Dec 09, 2019 07:03 AM #21
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Kathy, I’m just looking back at this. You endured very well and should be definitely given Tremendous credit for that much! :) Kathy Streib

Dec 09, 2019 12:42 PM #22
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 702-574-8102

George Santayana (1863-1952), Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1, wrote "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Dec 19, 2019 08:01 PM #23
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