In this modern world to some people, studying history has little value and meaning. Indeed, the sad truth, because it’s very difficult to stay idealist about the past or historical matter nowadays.
In Indonesia, there is a proverb tell that “JASMERAH – Jangan Melupakan Sejarah”, it means don’t forget about history. But I rather said – never forget about history, because it makes us who we are and part of gratitude for people who made great stories in the past, so that we can appreciate the living.
The lesson from history in the past remain important causes, like we can learn how to ensure that we never repeat the same mistakes, we can develop any further information from the previous event, create something innovative by gathering some information from the past, and the most important from learning history is lead us or help us to be better and influence our future on the right path.
So, if young generations are not taught about this values, they will not give any inspirations to teach them to make an action in their lives. And because every story that ever made can have a huge impact on the future and young generations still need it.
One of the ways to motivate the young generations is to learn from school, or by some activities. Although it sounds like they forced to do so, I think it will be a trigger to acknowledge and liking the history, at least they gain some knowledge from it.
Moreover, not every history is boring, such as hearing the stories directly from people who experience it. Personally, it would be so much fun.
I remember how my Grandmother told stories about her life in a war zone back then. How the real situation she has faced, from the miserable to the funniest story that can make me cry tears and burst into the laugh. The important thing is, what the lesson and the values she gave me from her story. It was so precious moment and I would like to share those stories with my child, even my grandchild either – someday.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future”.
That’s why, do not forget about the past, never ever forget about it, because when we learn from it, it becomes the future.
Well actually, I wrote an essay about history for the kids for my task back then. So I thought, why not if I shared it on my personal blog, with editing in some parts. Once again, sorry for the mistaken English. Enjoy.