History Favors The Curious

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it — George Santayana

Over the past few days, I’ve decided to take a slow walk back into the past. Reading up the history of fallen empires and the factors that led to their fall and lessons that could be learned from it.

Tenochtitlan, the city capital of Aztec Empire was much larger than any European city of its time and had wide, straight streets, stone aqueducts to bring fresh water from springs in the nearby hills, and a large, well-organized marketplace. Because of the swampy ground, the buildings sat on wooden pilings, a construction technique later adopted by the Spaniards.

Before she became colonized in 1519 by Cortes, a Spaniard in 1519, the Aztec were convinced that they knew the entire world and that they rule most of it.

While Europeans were curiously searching and trying to discover new territories, the likes of Aztech( and Inca) were resting on their laurels.

Europe dominated most of the world, not because they were smarter or had the most resources. What made them exceptional was their unparalleled and insatiable ambition to explore and conquer.

Perhaps, If Aztec Empire had been more curious about their environment, perhaps they wouldn’t have gone into extinction. Perhaps they’d know not to trust these strange-looking individuals readily.

They were “balling” until these Spaniards came. There’s a version of the story that says some even thought the Spaniards were sent by the gods.

If there’s one lesson I’ve learned so far by reading up on the history of this fallen empire. It’s that they failed because they think they know it all.

It has been proven over and over again that: History favors the curious.

Charles Darwin, Einstein, Newton, and most of the notable people we know today were all bunch of curious people.

Albert Einstein explained his genius when he famously said, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious”

“I know nothing” should be your mantra. Let it drive you!

Cheers to staying curious in 2022🥂🥂

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