History: A Rather Touchy Subject —
Why We Need to Learn History
We both went through high school and college and we both asked the same question: Why do I have to learn this?
When it comes to some subjects, like math and science, there may be a point to that question. But when it comes to history, we learn it because it is us. It may be the actions of other people, but ultimately we are history. We are human nature, and what happened 10, 100, 1000 years ago can and still happens today. Why? Because people have the same emotions and tendencies they’ve always had.
No matter how far removed we are from a historical moment, humanity cannot remove itself from the motives that led to that moment. We can’t change our human nature, but we can learn from it so that we ensure we don’t make the same mistakes our ancestors did. By that same token, we can ensure we make the same right choices our ancestors did.