Why do we study history? I don’t mean it as a rhetorical question, or one with too deep an answer. Sure, we learn from the past, otherwise we’re doomed to repeat our mistakes. If this is the case, why don’t we simply study history at its face value? Why, instead, must we indulge in the monstrous task that is analyzing it to a fault? What’s happened has happened; what purpose is served by debating what is, and always will be, in the past? Is it not enough that we simply learn it, and acknowledge its existence and as being something of value? Will debating it really change a damn thing in the world, and help us prevent repeating mistakes of the past? Does delving into every imaginable aspect, no matter how remotely tiny, really better the world, and our lives? Why is the extent to which you can argue an event in the past (which realistically speaking, has little impact on the order of your life today) used as assessment which will make or break your mark in a class? Why does it matter if you’re 0/39 or 39/39 on the topic of World War I? Why?
I really resent the work and assessments history class is imposing on me right now.