History is the teacher of our life. It is a messenger from the past. From history, us, humans learn about virtuous. A beautiful history brings romance and a bitter history is to just to be remembered. But because of that bitterness, history is very useful and meaningful for us, because the past and the present walk together side by side heading for the future.
Therefore, if we forget history, it means we are forgetting the messages that are brought and kept within that history. People who do not learn from history are those who are like donkeys, they fall at the same hole for the same reason twice.
History cannot be repeated, but its pattern can be repeated.
For example, when Soekarno got a morion that the ‘MPR’ does not believe in him, he was dropped by the ‘MPR’. Soeharto was experiencing the same thing, but Soeharto was not learning from the same experience Soekarno had, that is why he fell to the same hole as Soekarno did.
History is like a teacher, a teacher that explains and teaches things indirectly. Although, not every history is as a silent witness, there are a few histories that are materialized directly. But the silence of history is actually what makes the meaning within bigger, the universal meaning within that history itself along with its role in humans’ life. History’s silence has become a puzzle in life to be better in the future.