Why Care About History?

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September 5th, 2011
U.S. History 2 Honors

We Owe It All to History
I’ll admit I have never before questioned why we have a class such as U.S. History. As I plop into my seat and listen to lectures about so and so writing the document of such and such I consider it quite unmoving. But as I actually take the time to think about it, I realize history is so crucial to not just our country, but the world. Our history basically defines us, and gives us a sense of cohesiveness. When getting to know someone, most people share information about their pasts. Your own personal history makes you who you are today; from your first broken bone to your first child. Although not everyone experiences specific events of history first hand, they can still gather an absurd amount of information. For example, my generation doesn’t remember much of 9/11, while adults will have it engraved in their minds forever. They pass on their stories allowing others to experience how they felt, standing as historical markers. Without a history of your own, how could you learn and grow as a person? Although it may not apply to people in the same way, ones religious beliefs focus on history. The first words of the Bible are, “In the Beginning” (Gen. 1:1). The beginning is the start of God making history. Other events like the crucifixion and the resurrection stand as major historical events for the Christian community. The Bible’s nature teaches us what has happened is important and touches what will happen in the future. Throughout the study of any religion you focus so majorly on past events. Without them, there really wouldn’t be much to believe in at all. At one point or another, history has touched all of our lives. What if you couldn’t remember your name or where you were born? The answers to these questions show us that history makes up our lives and who we are. We are linked to the people of the past, their actions affecting our lives today. Where we live, how we conduct ourselves is...
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