Why I love History
Is HISTORY really just a boring collection of dates and names and boring deeds? Is it really just a pile of tasteless photos of ancient ruins and broken pieces of pottery? The blandness of the way the subject is portrayed and taught in schools is beyond cringe-worthy. It is little wonder why the subject is so underrated and undervalued. “Why study it at all? They’re all dead anyway.” is the common complaint of many students who have not been shown the value and wonder of studying History. It is not an acquired “taste”. It is a misunderstood and misrepresented field of study. The more we study World History and Cultures, the more we can understand our neighbors, work towards peace, and prevent great calamity.
HISTORY is one of the most “fantastic” yet underrated of the scholarly pursuits. It is a tale of sword and sorcery, conquest and subjugation, and the rise and fall of empires. It is the drama to which the modern world looks back, full of political intrigue and profound philosophical insights. It is a timeline of valleys that peak from tremendous invention and expansion and then quickly plummets to disease and death. It is the explanation of the present world, revealing why we speak what we speak and act the way we act… and why our nations have borders. It reveals the secrets to success, the causes of failure, the truth of and the study of human nature…. and history also tells us why we should never do something ever, ever again. Long before the Industrial Revolution of 200 years ago, society had changed very little for thousands and thousands of years. Imagine for just a moment, living in that time, when stories of great men and women became legends. One king would simply replace another. One war begat another war. Tales of their lives would have been told around camp fires and around the tables of nobles and peasants alike… and then those stories would be immortalized in great tomes. Armies marched across vast expanses, their spears as numerous as the grass of the grasslands… and the land beyond your own borders was full of mystery, peril, wonder, and magic. THAT, to me, is History.