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The Importance of History

The Importance of History

We all have interest that peak our curiosity. Of course we all feel that our interest are important, and can find it hard to understand when someone does not share that same enthusiasm that we have. Let me tell you about my interest in history. I find it fascinating to read about the steps that people took to achieve their objectives, the overcoming of struggles, and how they were concurred. How countries or industries evolved to become what they are today.

For whatever reason, some do not feel the same enthusiasm for the subject as I. Some carry the reason that “History is the past; I want to live for the present and future”. What they fell to see is that your past plays a big part in what you are, and it leads up to what becomes your future. History lays the groundwork of what is, and what is to come. It answers the questions to why things are what they are.

Example:

Much of the development of Western civilization is traced back to Ancient Greece and Rome. We see it in our architecture, art and many areas of our cultures, but it is in our laws and politics were we are tightly woven together. The idea of justice, equality before the law, rights, and elected officials started with the Greeks, but the Romans expanded on the concept. After the defeat of the Carthaginians in 202 BC, The Roman Empire became unstoppable. By the period of 30 BC, Rome had conquered all of present day Spain, Portugal, France, and Belgium. Europe at this time was considered to be barbaric and controlled under tribal leadership.  After a period of time under the Roman control and education, Europe would be changed to reflect the city and state model as used in Rome. The individual cities and states would now be managed by a self-governing elected magistrate.

Can you see a resemblance in the Roman's form of governing, and ours of today?

Our past can influence our interest, future decisions, and destination. General George S Patton Jr. was born into a family with a rich history of military service to our country dating as far back as the Revolutionary War. He grew up hearing stories of valor and courage and the role that his family played in helping America gain, and keep its independence. George always knew that he would someday lead men into a mighty battle, and win. The knowledge of his family’s history was one of several influences in George’s life that lead him to attend school at the Virginia Military Academy, later graduate from West Point, and then eventually lead an army across Europe during WWII to defeat Nazi Germany. During the war, General Patton would become the military leader most feared by the German military. George’s future was influenced, shaped, and molded largely in part by the past history of his family. Now close your eyes and think back for a moment on what a difference the world would be if George was not aware of his family history. Would he have still gone on to join the military, or would he have chosen another path in life, to live out in obscurity?  If he had not become the military leader that we know him to be, what effect would that have had on the war? Sure there would have been another General to take Paton’s place, but would he have been as good? Would we have been able to win the war when we did? How many more lives would it have cost our country?

Today Countries around the world are full of turmoil including America. Many disagreements raise their ugly head and each group has its own answer to the question on how thing should be or were intended. One of these disputes is on Christianity. America is considered to be a Christian society but the Atheist groups and some others would say that we are not a Christian society. So what is the answer? The answer is in our history.

The number one reason that the early pilgrims came to America was to escape religious persecution. They were in search to find the freedom that they longed for to worship as they felt lead without having to worry about penalties or persecution from the government or any other group, which many had experienced in England and other countries at the time. Our founding fathers carried on with this pursuit of freedom by including it in the American Bill of Rights. This Christian belief has carried on for over 200 years in our government, and in our homes. Churches cover our lands from the east to the west. What is history showing you?

 

History gives so much meaning and purpose to our lives. It explains the why, it describes who we are, it defines us, it is our culture, and it is who we are. History doesn’t just state the answer to the questions; it shows us the answer to the question. Once you have learned the full history of the story, your perspective changes. When our countries founding fathers signed the declaration of Independence, not all rose to prominence. By the time the War of Independence had ended, some of the signers had paid with their life. Some had everything taken from them by the British military that were searching for the men who had signed this declaration of treason. During the war, Mr. William Hooper of North Carolina (A signer of the Declaration of Independence) was constantly on the run from the British. In order to protect his family from the pursuing British military, he was forced to move his family from their home in Finian (The home in Finian would be burned down by the British) to their home in Wilmington. By 1781 Mr. Hooper’s home in Wilmington would also be captured by the British and burned to the ground. After the loss of his home in Wilmington, Mr. Hooper was forced to rely on his friends for food and shelter, and would become separated from his family for almost a full year.

When you know the full history of the story, it is then that you start to understand the true sacrifices and hardship that came along with the moment in time. It is not until then that you start to respect and appreciate the story, and then what follows is your appreciation of what you have, the freedoms, opportunities, your culture, and yourself. Our history makes us richer, without it we are poorer.