" Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! " Deut. 32:2-3
" Browsing through history can be like looking at the stars. Even if you don’t know a planet from a supernova or the name of a single constellation, the first thing you’re likely to get from gazing at the night sky is a sense of how small you are. That’s a good place to begin in astronomy, and it’s not a bad place to find yourself when peering into world history.
It’s easy to think of 100 years as a long time and 1,000 years as a long, long time. The modern habit is to chop up history and social trends into little decade-sized chunks — the 1980s, the 1990s, and so on. But if you step back a bit and consider how long human beings have been doing a lot of the same things people do today — buying, selling, cooking, falling in love, traveling, and fighting wars — you can gain a broader perspective. That’s both humbling and enriching.
Whether you define now as a day, a year, or a decade, it’s both a minuscule sliver of history and part of the larger thing. One of the best parts of being human is that you have more than your own experience to rely on. Language, lore, reading, writing, and, more recently, microchips, DVDs, and a few other technological tricks help people build on what their ancestors discovered generations, centuries, and millennia ago. History is a big part of what defines humanity; some may say it’s the biggest part. It led to the present. It led to you. You might as well get comfortable with it. "