The importance now of studying history is being question by many especially the students. So, why do we bother ourselves with what has been? What is its significance to us? History is being regarded as his-story, his represents the mankind. And story has something to do with what had happened. In the Greek term for history is “historia”, which stands for the knowledge acquired through investigation. We are living in a present world and we plan and we worry about the future. History however is the study of the past. The word history has many meanings.
It is an account of the past events, in sequence of time, it is the study of past events, their causes and results; and it is all that is preserved or remembered about the past, especially in written form. According to Mathews(2008), “history depicts the fascinating events of we, the world came to be in existence”. So history gives us explanations to past events. And those explanations used to understand the relationship of then and now. Studying history has the significance in different fields because it provides us to avoid the mistakes that have happened in the past.
We might find answers why that mistake happened. It would serve as basis for everyone. Through history we can do things correctly. We might have done much better than before because we already know its history. And besides, everything that is happening today is the product of history. It helps us become more efficient in decision making, we learn through history, we start to inquire and be interested in things that may greatly affect our lives in the present and even in the future. Through history, we are able to come up with solutions to our problems without getting in the stage of trial and error.
It provides us ready and instant solutions to our problems without the danger of making more mistakes. It gives us a guide that would lead us to progress and development. It also inspires us to try new things and to beat the achievements of great persons in the past. Without history, we will be doomed to make more mistakes and suffer great loss. There are sayings that have something to do with history, some of those are as follows: “history repeats itself” and the most common that almost everyone already said is “I learned from the mistakes I’ve done in the past”.
In understanding change and how the society we live in came to be, history is a big help. “The past causes the present, and so the future. Only through history we can grasp how things change, only through history can we begin to comprehend that factors that cause change, and only through history can we understand what elements of an institution or a society persist despite change”. (Stearns,2009) Studying history contribute to our moral understanding. By studying the stories of individuals and situations in the past, our moral sense is being tested. The same thing goes with our identity.
It also helps us provide identity; family identity is established and confirmed through history. Bottom line is that history should be studied because it is essential to individuals and to society and because it harbor beauty. Anywhere we go, any field of our lives, there’s always history. It sew the foundation of everything that is existing in the present is because of the happening in the past. Without history, we are nothing. We will be clueless of everything. It is one of the most important part of us. What we are today and what we will be tomorrow is always because of our past.