History is often regarded as ‘His-story’, ‘his’ being a representative term for mankind. However, today the connotation of “his” is used in a broader sense, with it being significant of anything or any phenomenon that has a story connected to it. From the history of the universe to the history of this very article, everything is recorded with respect to the fourth dimension, “time”. The word ‘history’ relates to the Greek term “historia”, which stands for the knowledge acquired through investigation. History is not just a subject which is studied in classrooms, but a genuine science that deals with the true origins and development of our planet and our species, following closely through the ages; ancient, medieval and modern. History involves discoveries, research and invention of new analytical methods to succeed in decoding historical facts and understanding them. Though history is deemed boring by some youngsters, it is one big story that can be read to and read by anyone who has even the slightest of interest. Below you will find a few facts which cement the importance of history in human lives.
Importance Of History
Understanding One’s Existence
Everyone wonders why their environments and situations are like what they are right now. All this can be explained by the study of history which can tell you the story of your species, race, country, state, forefathers and your culture. When you put all these together, you will understand why things are the way they are and clear your doubts.
For A Better Future
When we study about wars and other atrocities committed in the past, we also analyze their causes, their courses and their path. This helps us in preventing future wars and mistakes of similar kind. It also helps us in determine the future effects of our actions by comparing our situations with situations in history.
Learn From Our Ancestors
People like Einstein, Newton, Martin Luther King Jr., and Gandhi have contributed important thoughts and teachings to their respective fields. They had toiled extensively to garner these ideas for the future generations. All their great work will be wasted if we do not understand their ideals and appreciate the work done by them. We can also learn those ideals and implement them in our own life, thus paving the way for a successful and fruitful life. We may not be able to copy them or completely imbibe their ideas in our life, but when we study them, we prevent these ideas from being lost. We can always pass these on to our next generation.
To Understand Working Of The Society
To really understand the working of human society and formation of the intricate bonds of relationships and dependence, we need to learn the actual development of human society. This cannot be possible without learning the history of human society and cultures. When we learn how settlements grew into villages and then towns and finally cities, we also learn the sources of important believes and roots of some social evils.
To Govern Efficiently
To plan an efficient government we need the understanding of governing procedures that have been followed throughout history. We will also get an understanding of the policies, which were successful and also the ones that were not. This kind of analysis will increase our understanding of people and the ways to deal with them.
Inventions & Discoveries
Imagine what would have happened with the invention of bulb was lost in the pages of history! There are many important inventions, formulas, medicines and discoveries which belonged to our ancestors and were lost in time. In the course of historical research and reviews, these were discovered and then used. Ancient books and inscriptions have always been enchantingly detailed and possess far superior sense of understanding of life and sciences than the present times.
To Have Solid Foundation
No matter what is the subject we are talking, studying or discussing about, it will always have a historical background to it. History provides the backbone on which most of today’s theories and subjects are supported. Be it general science, languages or social sciences, all subjects are based on their history and studies by the pioneers throughout the ages.