Whether we were there when it happened, we have been told from extremely reliable sources or we are let known from undeniable evidence, there does exist history that is completely true. We may not know the background to certain events and the true causes or motivations, but we can certainly see the outskirts and the effects of such incidents and that is the truth. If we take for example the Bible and its teachings, this is surely a clichi?? d example, but the effect that it has had in my life, proves the validity of the quote that was previously mentioned.
Revisionists will always question events that are depicted in the Bible for their supernatural nature whether it is the creation of humanity as a result from Adam and Eve or the fact that Jesus rose again three days later after he was crucified. Heck, it’s difficult for me to truly believe these concepts even if I understand them. This myth part ends up being the counterargument in itself because history is supposed to be the truth of what happened. A myth ultimately has no evidence to support its claims.
However, I must admit that all these “myths” that my Catholic religion has nurtured to me trust in, and even more so because of the fact that I committed to my religion after First Communion, confirmed myself to being a Catholic only a few years ago and still go to church every Sunday, I believe in them. I hope that they’re mostly truths because even though they have been disproven as of late, I still choose to have faith in God because I’ve grown to pray to him and venerate him all my life and he is my inspiration in times of despair.
Now, the overall implication of the initial quote in the importance of “knowing” history is quite simple. The quote encompasses what history truly is made of and how valuable history is. History allows us to consider the perceptions, emotions and reasons that people had when writing the past and then make connections of this accepted past with the present and the future in order to see its true relevance and significance. Moreover, asking questions about the past allows us to prepare and think about how to react in the present and for the future.
In a life with no history, humans would discover the same, “new things” everyday and society would never advance. Knowledge for development would not be acquired. What is good and what is evil? What is right and what is wrong? Such simple questions are the basis of discussion in terms of the Area of Knowledge (AOK) called Ethics. However, if we were to define ethics, we should consider the quote, “Ethics is part myth, part hope and party reality”. If we take for example the role of ethics in my life, although it is pretty present, it surges in various ways and maybe not so apparent at first.
For example, the relationship I share with my mom. I truly love her and care for her greatly, however, I must admit that I constantly lie to her to a certain extent. For instance, when I go out in weekends, she restricts me in such a way that I feel I can’t really enjoy myself and spend a nice time. So in response, I tell her part of the truth. I let her know where I’ll be at first, but not were I plan to go or the people that will be with me. Now, the myth is that it’s unethical and wrong to lie to your mom. However, what if it turns out to be better for the both of us.
I ultimately feel independent and enjoy my days off, while she doesn’t have to bear with the worry or the fear that something bad might happen to me. Does this win-win effect end up being morally wrong? Furthermore, ethics is hope because I believe that despite my untruths, and the fact that the myth says that lying is an awful vice, it might actually be a virtue to keep my mom from carrying the burden of a volatile son and instead hope that I am doing a good deed by letting her believe that I do everything as she says and under her watch.
The reality of ethics, however, is that hiding the truth will always be incorrect and morally wrong and especially when it’s directed towards your own mom. Nonetheless, through this quote and this example, we’re able to see that ethics plays a major role in the immediate consequences that are present in everyday life especially as we gain more knowledge of them and how we decided to apply them. In conclusion, I believe that history and ethics play a significant role in the way we attain knowledge and they are the main basis of who we are as a whole and who we will become in response to grasping this new knowledge.
They are, however, part myths, part hope and part reality, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re crucial to the expansion and employment of our knowledge.
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