It came to my realization that I often had an opinion about the various articles I read each day. Inspired by historical events and moved by current affairs, I soon found my addiction to intellectual debates and reflections of how little Man might know if not for knowledge-sharing made available via print articles and the internet. When the week/month had been terrible and the only thing that brought a ghost of a smile was reading history research books or catching up on marketing, science & technology trends, it was evident that this blog would come about.
One of my pet topics must be the study of history – cultural, war, even STS history – had its appealing factor. Having completed the course of education, there were two occasions of inspirations so strong that it impacted life. Of which, both were derived from the study of history. As a first post, I wish to advise those who have stereotyped the study of history as a mundane, routine subject, to reconsider …
A shelf of seemingly similar topics – 54 books on one rack, with the same title, yet each proposing a different viewpoint that have oftentimes been neglected as a “me-too” argument. Each idea and concept, presented from a different individual perspective, gives great knowledge, unreachable to those who stopped at the edge of the shelf. Do not be complacent with the first completed reading – it limits the mind to a narrow alley of stubborn thoughts. Do not read the print. Read the content. Read between the lines. Read the overarching theme. Read and process. Do not read only to satisfy a course requirement.
There is no formula behind this amazing combination of art and science, it is in itself, a journey of discovery so vast that a lifetime cannot suffice. The lack of understanding hence impoverishes life.
Name one item that can be absolutely divorced from history, hence disprove the prevalence of history. It is all in the argument 😉
Who has dismissed it as a boring regurgitation of facts and dates? Who has disregarded it as the perpetrator of information overload inapplicable to modern society?
Nihilism from the Narodniks, Reichdeputationshauptshluss, Chollima Movement, the life of Robert Koch, even the Painter on the Road to Tarascon by Van Gogh: How much do you know of these? Nothing here which is officially provided in formal education, but this should not deter knowledge acquisition. If formal education should be the boundaries of learning, I do not comprehend the evolution from the homo habilis. On a lighter note, the study of history need not be mentally embedded in school-education. It is open to adoption as an interest, for those who believe.
There is no intent, in the course of writing, to disregard any other fields of studies. There exists merely a need to remind all, to give it a fair chance in your consideration set, and to the rest, to continue the pursuit.
The beauty of history that has not been appreciated; these appalling thoughts, mysterious, deep, unfathomable memories, so unbelievable yet so real, of the Great War.
How history presents itself discreetly, quietly, unassumingly yet so charmingly to the ugly, crude, selfish faces of modernity, one cannot comprehend. One can only applaud the beauty that was once cast in the past…revealed and rediscovered only by those who try, who feel, and who really care.
What did war really mean? What was the basis of resistance and revolution?
Why did technology develop from the ENIAC to what we have today?
Why do we know of the TB bacterium as it is today?
History has lived, and relived, undying, against the shells of anger, firing of criticism, shields of facades and barrages of lies, only a true believer understands.
No-one simply forgets or forgives.
A sanctuary for the mind.