Why to read history
One day you will be history, we will be history, leaving behind a legacy of good and bad for the next generation to learn from. Technology we use, people we interact with, language we speak, problems we solve are the result of historical processes the world has undergone. We are a living history, everything we are doing is lapsing into the past - the history - your action, identity, legacy and so on.
Yes its unavoidable and important !
History - as a discipline
The study of history is the documentation of entire human progress through the ages. A journey of humankind telling us why we are the way we are as a culture, person and society. All the bodies of knowledge we swear by today - Mathematics, sciences, economics, languages etc - are the collection through historical advancement. Our culture, society, modernity, collective intellect are just the legacies of the past in the present.
History gives us identity, helps us understand who we are and where have we come from. It help us understand the world we are part of - people, societies, cultures, nations and so on. We study it to satiate our quest for knowing our past, to admire our progress through ages, to learn from past mistakes, to seek solution to problems of future, the list is endless.
It tells us why we are the way we are, why we are similar to some and different from others establishing the essential connect to our past to guide us into the future with double the enthusiasm. It enables us to evaluate the journey we have made from past to present; help us see the difference whether progress or decay, warn about the potential danger, past evolution inspire us for future ones.
Hope this piece will inspire you to see the 'History' in a new light and it wouldn't make you sleepy the next time you pick it up to read
We are prone to repeating the same mistakes, maybe thats the reason people say "History repeats itself".
Don't let your ignorance be the reason for history to repeat itself, sit up and warm up to the discipline, its not that boring after all.
Ashoka in his Rock Edict XII Two Thousand years ago, insisted on the few measures and practices to maintain harmony, peace and prosperity in society. Match the specific term for the measures and practices insisted by him