I remember that so many kids in high school would complain about history class, but they clearly did not understand all of the important reasons to study history. They did not understand what a big impact our history can have on us today. And they certainly did not understand how learning history can help us shape our future.
1. Understand Society
Of all of the reasons to study history, this one might be the most important. How can we being to understand society today without understand what created it? The events and people that shaped who we are today are incredibly important.
2. Understand Change
Going along with understanding society, studying history allows us a look into what causes change. The events leading up to both World Wars help us understand how a small event can set off a large series of changes. History gives us the opportunity to see how daily life has changed over the years, and what goes into the fostering that change.
3. Provides Sense of Identity
It is no wonder that websites like Ancestry.com are so popular. People are intrigued to know where they came from. What blood runs in their veins? Is there any interesting family history? Knowing the history of your family is very important to some people in finding a sense of identity.
4. Preserves Stories
It is important we hear the stories of those before us. I find talking to my grandmother fascinating because she tells me so many stories of what it was like growing up in her time. I think it is important to hear what those before us have to say. We need to hear their stories, preserve them, and pass them down to those after us.
5. Inspire Us
Hearing the stories of those before us can inspire us to take action in our own lives. Knowing that my ancestors came to this country and worked their hardest for a better life, inspires me to work my hardest of provide for my future family. Our past can have a huge impact on our future and we need that inspiration to teach us that.
6. Teach Us Warning Signs
In the Jewish community, we pray that another Holocaust will never happen to any group of people every again. But because of our suffering, we have learned the warning signs leading up to such a horror. Society has been able to take these warning signs and fight against them when they seem them in the present day. Knowing what events led up to a large occasion helps up better predict and influence our future.
7. Help Us Be Better People
Some people view history as a boring and unimportant subject, but one of the most important reasons to study history is that is will make you a better person. You will have a better understanding of the world and what shaped it into the world it is today. You will understand the suffering, joy, and chaos that were necessary for the present day to happen.
Some people think history is very boring, and I never understood those people. It is a giant story that leads up to you. It tells you about the lives of people who lived hundreds of years before you. And it can help you understand and mold the world around you. What did you think of my reasons to study history? What are some reasons you think it is important to study history? Did you enjoy studying history in school?