Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it. We’ve all heard this adage and many among us take to heart the wisdom of looking backward as a vital practice for understanding the future.
We must understand how complexity arises from simplicity if we are to build resilience into the fabric of our world. Resilience itself is a form of complexity and cannot emerge through intended design without knowledge of the fundamentals. Similarly, we must be mindful of the systems at play in shaping how human communities arose and which historic problems our biological evolution solved in order to keep us robust as a viable species selected for survival. This is how we will know which physical and cultural environments are best suited to sustaining our existence in this rapidly changing world.
Deep History is the study of root causes and primary origins. It is the unravelling of layers throughout time that reveal vital transitions in structure and flow. And it is the perspective of striving for holistic integration of knowledge.