Importance of learning history by Eun
Title: Importance of learning history 10106 김은
Hello ladies and gentlemen, thank you all for coming.
What comes to your mind when you think of learning history? Most of you probably associate learning history as a boring experience. Trust me I’ve been there, sitting in history class wondering why time passes by so slowly. However, you would be surprised at what you can learn from history besides… well… history! So today, I would like to talk about the importance and the benefits of learning history. But before I start let me introduce myself.
Hello, my name is Eun Kim and I am currently in my first year at Incheon Gonghang High School, I have lived abroad in America for over 9 years. I simply always knew I was Korean, I would cheer for Korea during the Olympics and I’d be proud to say I was Korean but I didn’t have any knowledge of Korean history nor did I think it was that important to learn. However, my moment of realization from my ignorance of my country’s history was on the 26th of October; our class went on a field trip to the Seodaemun Prison. As soon as I entered the facility was in shock for a few minutes. In America, we learn about the Holocaust and the massacre of the Jewish people inside concentration camps. I couldn’t have ever imagined that such pain existed in our country’s history. There had been so much suffering and sacrifice made by our ancestors and I had not known a single thing about it. Which is why I want to emphasize the importance of history, to learn history is to learn your identity, history shows us who we are, where we come from and how we’ve changed. From this, I’ve gained so much pride and respect for Korea and our ancestors.
A majority of people do not recognize that history is a very important asset in today’s society. It helps us when we speak and when we write and it provides us with moral understanding. Whether we speak or write something, history provides us with a backing and sets a great foundation to build on.
Another way learning history is beneficial would be that history enhances judgment and decision making because we learn from past mistakes and opportunities, and in this process, we strengthen our ability to learn from others. Knowing the mistakes of the past, we can keep from making those mistakes in the future. We must understand and learn from them, and change our course to reflect that understanding. No one is above the influence of the past. What we truly understand of our past is what shapes our future. To succeed, we must educate ourselves about the world both around and behind us. After all, it is because of the past that we have accelerated into our current society.
Like this, we take reference from history all the time, almost everything in our lives were due to the efforts of our ancestors from democracy to the invention of the pizza. We are merely heirs to this legacy and our duty is to remember and offer our part to history. We must stop thinking that history is not important, it is! It will become a great tool for us in both the present and the future. Philosopher George Santayana once said “Those who cannot remember history are condemned to repeat it.” We learn from the past, they say that the past tends to repeats itself, so it is up to us to understand and change the outcome. People can learn their roots through history, opening their eyes to their roots and to the ties we all share, as mine were opened when I entered the Seodaemun prison. Learning history itself is a way to change the world. I want my future to be a part of making that change and to do so it starts with all of you.
Thank you for listening.