To see the world in a grain of sand, and history in a wild flower?



Not too long ago, I had a chat with a middle age gentleman selling ice cream at a location near to my college. While I was having this casual conversation, somehow or rather the the topic of studying history in high school came up. Surprisingly the gentleman said that history had no value whatsoever as it is practically and realistically useless.

At the time, the whole statement seemed wrong to me in so many ways but I was unable to find a proper defence for studying history. Most of us indeed have this opinion on the ‘usefullness’ of history in the real world. Worst still was the fact that history normally comes in a three-in-one package, namely with the combination of a super uncool and boring lecturer (who is normally an old man), dull and dismal pages after pages of words, and drowsiness.

In fact, most of us are so adverse towards history that we would rather study anything and everything else.

But here is the catch.

Anything and everything else is foremost and fundamentally, history….

If you study Biology, the name Charles Darwin comes along. If you study psychology, Sigmund Freud comes into the picture. The same goes to what F.W. Taylor and Peter Drucker is to Management, what Adam Smith and David Ricardo is to Economics, and what Mark Abene is to Hacking (opps, wrong example). The truth is that when we study (regardless of the subject), we are essentially studying history.

So the next time you want to say that studying history is useless, think again. You might just be making the most foolish statement in your life.

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