Just tlking to a friend about teaching. Intro ancient history class, large university, so all sorts of students and non-history majors. Lecture tomorrow on Athenian democracy. Then they'll read Antigone. Greek theatre part of polis-shaping, and that play most of all. Has taught this class a number of times, and the kids usually really get it.
One bubble worth popping is related to the end times / prophetic / oracle tendency: Intuition sure, emotion yes -- both positive parts of being human, the instinct of mind drawing on experiences personal and collective. But the old bit about history repeating itself can be as distorting as thinking one's personal god is whispering future events to his chosen. History teaches its lessons; we do learn from experiences. But to impose certainty is distortion, prediction a danger. What history can really teach one is something about the origin of one's prejudices. Really important stuff, teabaggers. Their own missing link with reality.
Whatever reality is.