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I have often said that the only thing we have learned from history is that we haven't learned anything from history. On a personal level and as a society, we fail miserably at this.
You might ask yourself why is it that I fall in love with one loser after another and always end up getting hurt? As a country, we also tend to make the same mistakes over and over again and every time we try doing the same thing, we expect a different result.
That is what conservatism does to you. That is what being a nice guy all of the time does to you. That is why observing the mistaken attitude of “forgive and forget” will not get you anywhere.
When you were little, you stuck a bobby pin into an electric socket and you got shocked. You stuck your finger into hot water to see if it was boiling...you got burned. Why is it that today you are still inserting that bobby pin into your love life, don't you know that you'll get shocked, electrocuted even?
The reason we get hurt is that we keep doing the same thing: falling in love with a certain type, a kind of person that you know deep down will not provide you with lasting happiness, you distrust him and you know he will hurt you at the end. So why do you keep doing it? Is is because most everyone tell you to forgive and forget?
We see it in our society as well, we keep electing politicians who we know are being less than truthful, we keep allowing them to lead us into stupid wars, to apply insane economic policies, to give away our rights and to obediently allow give aways to special interests as well as surrendering our options to protest and disagree...that is what conservatism does.
The answer is: yes, by all means, be a nice guy, be generous, empathetic, compassionate, give those in need a helping hand, pull them out of the crack on the road, or stop them from inserting the bobby pin into that socket. You can be forgiving and give others a second chance, but what you can't do is forget.