I’ve always wondered why I love history so much. I go out of my way to explore historical threads, and will schedule my vacations around historical exploration. In fact, one of the reasons why I’m so drawn to Christianity is through it’s history 1. But what is the draw?
Many people will study history because they want to explore the “different country” of the past. People of centuries ago, after all, had vastly different world-views and life-expectations than those of the present day. I suppose this is also a draw for me.
Yet, for me there is more to it. My deepest joy, studying history, is to see not only how things have changed, but how they have changed while simultaneously transmitting a continuation of thought, attitude, achievement, and conflict on to subsequent generations. As the cliche says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
To me understanding this helps enlighten me to the unconscious motivations from which people work. This unseen inheritance impacts us more than we are often willing to admit – which I find utterly fascinating.
- Good, bad, and ugly – it’s all part of the story of which I’m a part. ↩