Posted 19 February 2009 - 07:09 AM
I'm not a historian, so not involved in scientific study of any kind, and not very knowleadgeable of the schools of thought and methodical approaches. History has always been for me not an academic pursuit but a living solid part of the world. History is my warning beacon and my guiding staff, it is a companion both wanted and unwanted, it is a record of our best sides, yes, and also our worst. It is the great chronicle of memory that lets me be more than just a small fragment and become a part of the greater whole. Without this memory I would be an island. The past can be an abrasive rope, and yet also so needed to secure us to the shores of humanity. It shows me the grand mosaic of our different cultures and traditions, and at the same time shows me how much we share, how much we are alike. It is of our creation and we can use it for better or worse, manipulate and falsify it, make it a weapon of hatred or a tool for building greater understanding.
That is my personal vision of history.