History enables us to recognize the present as contingent, and therefore view the future as unwritten. It situates us in a lineage and grounds us in a tradition upon which we may build. At the same time, history encourages us to understand our world before attempting to change it, and gives us a wealth of past experience to draw on when making sense of novel-seeming events in the present.
Things are not the way they are because of some inevitable arc of history; they are the way they are because of the conscious decisions, collective actions, and particular personalities of the people who shaped our world.
In order to build, we need to dream, and to be able to dream we need to accept the risk that we may fail, that things may hurt, that life is not and cannot be fair. In those murky waters is where the magic lies, the spirit that has carried our civilization.
"When people think the same idea and move in the same direction, that's a cult. When people think many different ideas and move in one direction, that's a movement."
What was not realized is that memory is primarily an imaginative process. In fact, learning, memory, and creativity are the same fundamental process directed with a different focus. The art and science of memory is about developing the capacity to quickly create images that link disparate ideas. Creativity is, in a sense, future memory.
| Tony Buzan