Learning from Our Past – Lessons from “Young Tom Edison”


A philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist named George Santayana wrote (in The Life of Reason, 1905) was: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

We may find ourselves in great trouble if we forget THAT quote.

I have been thoroughly enjoying a classic film “Young Tom Edison” starring the late Mickey Rooney.

It is a great gift to our current society to learn from the lessons that our past society struggled with during the time in which Thomas Edison, the great American inventor, grew up.  If it had not been for his mother, a former Canadian schoolteacher, who saw her son’s intellectual potential, we might be without the advantages from so many technological advancements he helped to develop.  True, there are more controversial arguments about what Edison actually accomplished but my point today surrounds the way a uniquely bright child was really misunderstood in his time.  We…

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