Saturday, September 24, 2011

To everyone who does not like History

Maybe I am some sort of mutant, but whenever someone says
Why study History?
History is useless;
One more year and I'll be rid of History;

or even

Social studies sucks;
Civics is so boring;
Economics boggles the mind;

I am very tempted to commit the dual offences of assault and battery, with a superior expression on my face.

I must admit that until two years ago I didn't have a definite answer to "Why study History?" except "Because you should." Now I do.

1.) Wouldn't you have a feeling of being lost if you didn't know what all happened in the world before you graced it with your presence? Picture this: you arrive at a party and everyone's deep in conversation about something that happened five minutes ago. Wouldn't you ask what happened? Or would you be content standing in the corner and observing the proceedings?

2.) History answers all your questions about why people behave the way they do and why the world is like it is. If you studied the History of the caste system and all uprisings against untouchability, you would understand one of the gravest and potentially divisive problems India faces today, one that affects you.

3.) History helps you make sense of the news. A combination of History and all those other boring sucking mind-boggling subjects would make your newspaper look more like a sensible document than a cipher. If you think you're getting along quite well without History, you're wrong. You're probably not getting half the context.

Also History isn't all about dates. With syllabi changing across the country, it is now almost nothing about dates.

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  1. I think I am the weird kind, too. I love history, and still regret for not being able to take it up as a definite course. History is about evolution, too, and so many things, but then again, people tend to overlook these things. And well, you can't help it much. Can you?

  2. No, sadly, you can't. All you can do is write about it and convert no one.

  3. well, you have expressed your views clearly :)
    to me, History is experience...
    we can learn a ton from that only if we love History with whole heart!

  4. Hey keep posting such good and meaningful articles.

  5. Hey keep posting such good and meaningful articles.

  6. After looking at a few of the blog articles on your site, I seriously appreciate your way of writing a blog.


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