We make a grumpy face whenever we hear the word history because we think that it is boring and it is of no use. No wonder that history course has been taken out from the intermediate syllabus. I know, you must be thinking that I am in some kind of a frenzy when you read down 10 reasons to study history, but trust me, it is totally worth your time . So grab that cup of tea and read on.
10) It tells you about the past incidents.
I really do know that reading about the past doesn’t seem like a fun thing to do but think of possibilities my dear reader. And moreover, how can you judge something when you haven’t even tried it yet? Knowing about the past is highly important because incidents played a highly important role in shaping the lands which we live in. Incidents are the reasons for our tremendous lives. For example, if William Shakespear never thought of writing his Dramas, we wouldn’t have known the beautiful portrayal of a person’s life.
9) You can learn from the historical mistakes.
While reading political or individual history, you will know what mistakes were done and how it has altered the course of events. For example, Edward John Smith, the captain of RMS Titanic made the first maiden voyage of the biggest ship on earth a disaster because he was using all his knowledge against him. So examples like these from history can help you in achieving your goals in a smarter way. History doesn’t sound a bad idea after all, isn’t it?
8) It lets you know about the great leaders and individuals of the time.
There are many people from the past who have inspired us and who have contributed their lives to the future. Starting from scientists like Thomas Alva Edison, Graham Bell, Albert Einstein etc, to leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy etc, to the great musicians like Elvis Presley etc, they have inspired us all. It is not about the things they did, but about the way they did and how it lead to success. They were also broke like you, they also felt depressed and had insecurity issues but they strived and made their way out.Inspired enough?
7) It will make you prepare for the future.
To the persons in the past, this time, which we live in was the future. They already saw what was going to come and they prepared themselves for the future. In a similar manner when we read about the past, it will make us prepare for the future. Having a knowledge of the history is really important because it will make you strive or survive for the future.
6) A career can be made from the knowledge of history.
I know you must be thinking about history teacher, but there can be more careers made. It is often seen that retro looks become fashionable today or few ideas which did not work in the past, might work in the future( I can see that bulb of idea blinking in your mind). So what is the wait? Go ahead, grab that history book and discover some great things which will make you a historical person.*wink. There are many ideas which are actually taken from the past and which are modernised a little bit and voila, you have success right in front of your doorstep.
5) It makes you a wiser person.
When you study history, you will have an initial and in-depth knowledge about each and everything which happens either personally or globally. You might either brainstorm about it or have an answer for each and everything on the tip of your tongue. It will make you a sensible and a logical person, which in turn will help you in achieving your dreams and goals in a smarter way.
4) It will let you know about your culture and tradition.
Culture and tradition are something which goes down the lane of history and which requires an in-depth study of why this and that culture and tradition actually began. You always asked your grandparents about why this culture began and why we follow that tradition, so now you can actually have an in-depth knowledge of each and everything. You don’t even need to rummage through the books because you can chant “All hail Wikipedia”.
3) It will tell you about where it all started.
You always think about where did this start and why did it end up here, why do we have to do this and why do we have to do that. You are always famished to know the answers about how it all began, about why did we started doing this and that. Curiosity always has an answer, in the end, so your curiosity will be ended, your questions will be answered when you learn history and also, it will help you to live your life in a better manner.
2) It will lead to development.
As said earlier, history will teach you how to not to do the same mistakes again. This will, on the other hand, lead to development. We can have a sip of the past, which will help us to move forward to the future advancements. As we are the citizens of the future, it is our responsibility to know things in a detailed manner and when you know history, your future generations will also know it. If nobody studies history then everyone will forget about it. I think that we don’t want it to happen, do we?
1) Not initially but slowly you’ll start loving in.
Ask a mathematician and he will describe his immense love for his subject, you can see that spark in his eyes and he will have the widest of smiles, don’t you think this is what life all about? To enjoy the things you do. I am not saying that you will love the subject definitely but there might be some of you who will have an immense passion for this subject and maybe, you’ll finally do, what you were supposed to do.
Thus, I would like to conclude by saying that, maybe you can take history out of yourself but history cannot be taken out of it because history is nothing but something which entirely comprises of human beings and a collective effort of all the human beings. Without history, we wouldn’t have existed and without it, we wouldn’t have achieved so tremendously.
Make history your friend and it will tell you tales which will make you awestruck because there is no other subject like history. Starting from science to literature to engineering, it all started from the past and it all was made because of great people.