Revisiting the past (week five , blog one)

18Feb07

Why do we study history? Why do we spend so much time going over past events? I believe we do this as humans because we look for the meaning of those events, or we try to understand why, how, or what caused things to happen. Sometimes we do this so that we can relive pleasurable moments, we reminisce.

OK, this blog is an asynchronous dialogue between us. It doesn’t happen immediately. It needs to be revisited and re-evaluated, which means you don’t comment and run like a drive by!

I would like you to go back to the blogs and read through them again; respond to what has been commented on. See what others have said, read what I’ve said, see where the dialogue has gone, and comment again. Respond to the other writers– bring new insight to the thread! See if your ideas are the same, if as you’ve read if they’ve changed. Feel free to make connections, as chrislynn did early in the first blog, to other class experiences!

I look forward to your thinking!

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7 Responses to “Revisiting the past (week five , blog one)”

  1. We study history to establish meanings of the past. We study the past on many occasions in order to understand the present. Time is spent going over past events in order to understand how things got the way they were instead of wondering why they are the way they are. Struggles of the past allow us to appreciate what we call the present.

  2. I agree with Pierre when he said we study history for the meanings of the past. There is a saying that History repeats itself. We can prevent history from repeating by learing it and changing the way we live. Without knowledge of war, we would be fighting wars all day and everyday for the rest of our lives. (yes we are in war now, but not like WWII)

  3. OK, I just had a nice long comment and when I pressed sumbit it got deleted. Let’s see if I can remember what I said ..

    I would like to revisit the very first blog on truth (in case you haven’t noticed, I like that one!) Ever since that blog was posted, I realized just how much in life is based on truth.

    This past weekend I attended a leadership/ diversity retreat and one of the workshops was about truth. Here are a few quotes we briefly discussed ..

    “There are no whole truths: all truths are half- truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.” – Alfred North Whitehead
    “Believe those who are seeking truth; doubt those who find it.” – Andre Gide
    “We know the the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.” – Blaise Pascal
    “Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry from then and cover them up, at least a little bit.” – Edward R. Murrow
    “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” – Galileo

    I find Murrow’s quote to be very interesting. I think it implies that truth is always changing. Most people embellish the truth as to protect other’s feeling. When they embellish the truth, it changes, weither it be a lot or a little. I feel that when a truth changes, it stops being a truth. There is evidence to support the original truth, but not this new “truth” a person has come up with.

    Feel free to responde to my post or just the quotes I listed 🙂

  4. I would like to revisit the very first blog on truth (in case you haven’t noticed, I like that one!) Ever since that blog was posted, I realized just how much in life is based on truth.

    This past weekend I attended a leadership/ diversity retreat and one of the workshops was about truth. Here are a few quotes we briefly discussed ..

    “There are no whole truths: all truths are half- truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.” – Alfred North Whitehead
    “Believe those who are seeking truth; doubt those who find it.” – Andre Gide
    “We know the the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.” – Blaise Pascal
    “Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry from then and cover them up, at least a little bit.” – Edward R. Murrow
    “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” – Galileo

    I find Murrow’s quote to be very interesting. I think it implies that truth is always changing. Most people embellish the truth as to protect other’s feeling. When they embellish the truth, it changes, weither it be a lot or a little. I feel that when a truth changes, it stops being a truth. There is evidence to support the original truth, but not this new “truth” a person has come up with.

  5. 5 moraa

    The reason we study history is to see what events in the past have done to make it what is in the present. History is a fascinating thing. It teaches you things that are new to you or it just refreshes your memory on past events. Without history there would be no present.

  6. History helps everyone understand the meaning of life. We are taught why we are here and what our purpose on life is. History helps us understand how life was and in a way helps us try to our present and future even more great than the past.

  7. 7 meganptaszenski

    I agree with chrislynn. I think that because the truth is always changing and many people alter it, sometimes it is hard to establish what is true from what is not. I think that Gide’s quote helps back this idea up and helps us realize that know matter how hard we search, we may never find the real truth.


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