History on the human endeavor allows us to examine our greatest accomplishments and our tragedies. Do those accomplishments still hold water to this day or did tragedies of the past lead to a better future? This is only some of the great knowledge that we can learn from history. Books on the human endeavor allow us to examine our greatest accomplishments and our tragedies. We are able to trace human growth by examining past cultures, stories, and religions. By studying the past, we are able to apply experiences to our current era, with the hope that one day we will be able to prevent the human culture from making the same mistakes as we have in the past.
Our past is the foundation of how we view the world and how we shape reality to fit within our norm. Social organization, ideas, communication can be seen as examples of growth, but they can also be viewed as mistakes that we wish never to repeat. An example from our recent past is the rise and fall of the Nazi’s. Their ideological successes almost led the world down a dark path. Both Hitler and Goebbels understood History; they used it to take advantage of a mentally frail German people. Use of Romanesque parades and symbolism gave the German people hope and pride in their culture. With the power of the Roman History, German leaders convinced Germans of making mistakes that they will relive infinitely in history books.
Stories from the past help us build and define our character, religious stories and books have helped with recording our views on morality and how they came to be. Throughout history we are taught right from wrong, good from bad from these stories, guiding us through the need to explain morality. These stories are the first written recordings of our history and now history is made on a daily basis on a 24 hour news cycle.
Implicit in this, is a belief that the great events of the modern day are not just news, but history. When we read and understand our past we expand the scope of history away from narrow concentration on dynastic and political intrigue and battles fought. History depicts not the life of just one man and their accomplishments, it proposes a greater object… to depict to posterity of not the actions of a single man, but the mind of mankind.