Posted: 06/10/2016 at 19:38
History makes some way in marking the events we as a species create. There's no doubt that history is written by the victor. Most of what is taught in schools is biased in one way or another, sometimes by the collators of events, sometimes by the national curriculum and those who set it. However the information age has enabled us to freely seek differing interpretations of especially relatively recent events. This can only be a good thing for the independently minded, leaving it up to those who seek answers to find them. There is no doubt that history has lessons for all, and especially for governments who deign to take note, or those who choose to ignore it. Personal history is however exactly that, a very personal thing. My Grandfather would readily tell me all the things he got up to as a boy, teenager and adult. It was awe inspiring as a small boy. He made it fun as well, something I've been so grateful for as it was and remains my second favourite subject. But I have something bigger to thank him for in that as a boy he got me to sow a tomato seed in his greenhouse. Just a few days later I watched as it germinated and over the next few weeks I watched it grow. It was late July, too late to fully fruit, but as his GH was already full of of tomatoes at various stages he allowed me to eat a ripe fruit, straight from the vine. I still have that memory and the flavour in my history. I've tried to pass that on to my children with varying degrees of success, but they know the story so it will become their history. So history IS important. It defines who we are, and what we are as a species. Hopefully with increased environmental responsibility we can pass on a healthier environment to our children and their children. Although as a species I think we make the same mistakes time and time again, hopefully one day, and one day soon we take those mistakes, and finally learn from them. Thankfully I learned to be a gardener via my Grandfather, something I am forever in his debt for. Maybe one day, if I am lucky enough, I can maybe pass that love of gardening onto my grandchildren. If I can, then I will have made, and been part of history.
Last edited: 06 October 2016 19:42:54