Introduction: Why Should You ReLY on a PAST?
Before you can understand how something works, it is important to know what makes it work. This means looking into the past and gaining knowledge from things that have happened in the past. History has shown many different events that have shaped the world we live in today and if we didn’t learn from them or take advantage of them, then this would not be what we call progress. If we look at our history, we learn that there were many events that shaped the world we live in today. For example, when the great empires started to change and use a different set of tools and weapons as opposed to the ones they previously used, that is progress. (“Ancient Empires 2”)
We use so much of the past to predict the future and learn what will happen in the future. When we look at a modern day car, we know that it has been designed by people who learned how to make and design cars from previous generations and then used that information for the benefit of the people of today. This is something that would not have been possible if we didn’t study the past and learn from what has happened. (“Ancient Empires 1”)
Why Are Things That Should Stay Buried Important?
Something that should never be looked back on is the past because things have been left behind that we could learn from, but instead of learning from them, they are being overlooked. A great example of things that should stay buried is the Civil war. For people who lived in this time period and did not participate, they would still have to see the effects that it had on the people that were involved. A great example of this is the way that people in the south handled the war. There was a group of people called the confederate states that fought against the United States during this time. The way that they could deal with this event would be to understand why it happened and to learn from it and try not to repeat it during their own time period. Another example is seen all throughout history and it is religion with different religions such as catholics versus protestants, or jews versus christians will always have problems. The way that they can deal with this is to understand why they had the problems and how to prevent them in the future. A third example of things that should be buried is raising children because it is one of the hardest things that a human being could do. The way to bury or solve this problem is to learn how to raise children with good values and morals that will keep them from doing stupid things, or becoming a part of something stupid later on.
Page 14: “We are imprinted in our very flesh to not trust and yet we do.”
What does she mean by that? Is there a reason why we inherently know not to trust others, or is it more of a primal instinct? (Robert A. Heinlein)