The Past Made the Present

I have heard many people comment that studying history is a waste of time. As someone who loves history, that makes me very sad. But it is more than just a passion that was is rejected. It is the fact that history is important to understanding the present we live in and the future we are creating.

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Why do so many countries in the Middle East hate Israel? If you don’t look into the history of the region, you can never find the source and the reasons behind the hate.

Why are their recial tensions in America? It didn’t just start this year or this decade. You have to look into the past to see why the present is the way it is.

As a society, we are forgetting the lessons we can learn from the past. There is so much to learn that can help us, but we push it aside because it is “boring history”. Maybe we teach it in a boring way and do not show how it applies to today.

What can we do to get people to pay attention to history? Should we refer to it more often? Maybe it needs to be talked about more openly.

If our politicians actually paid attention to history, would they make better choices? I would hope so, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. They never seem to do the smart thing. But if they did, they would treat other nations and even their citizens differently.

The past is what has created the present. I am who I am because of my parents’ lives and their parents’ lives as well as all national and world events that occurred as they lived. The past made my present.

Even Africa is impacted by the past —

Writer for ten years, lover of education, and degrees in business, history, and English. Striving to become a Renassiance woman.

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