Does America’s history cultivate its future?

sailing at nightIn a quest to discover ourselves, we oftentimes reflect upon who we are and how we came to be. During this time we seek resemblance or some form of likeness not only in ourselves but also of those around us. We look to our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents as our starting point. This need to identify ourselves in light of our ancestors fills an inward void , a penetrating raw emotion that guides our hearts and minds for such self identity but is it necessary?

How much better do we feel once we begin to discover more about our predecessors spiritually, intellectually, and physically? For starters, where do begin and how far back in time must we search?

What if we lack knowledge or other resources needed in order to do so?

Is it even possible to fill this void? How then will we ever gain a true understanding of who we are?

Are “we the people” automatically doomed if we fail to meet this need?

These are just some of the questions many Americans  give thought to, in particularly, those who did not arrive in the New World by any desire or choice of their own.

So without further ado, let’s S.I.P?

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6 thoughts on “Does America’s history cultivate its future?”

  1. American history sometimes captivates the future but,if you will have a different Outlook then the pass will not Captivate the future. Because in today’s society people are so used to the way it used to be and they get stuck in THEIR ways and become very close minded,so open your mind to new things and new ideas it would shape the future so it will be a better for you me and the human race. This is what makes the world great able to overcome adversity get more knowledge

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  2. This is a big one. As with many, and I would even say most topics, I’m of several minds about this. In general, regarding the question of whether or not America’s history cultivates its future, my sentiments MOSTLY lean toward that old adage from Edmond Burke, “those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it”.

    Firstly, I would suggest that not knowing history may not necessarily mean that REPEATING that history is INEVITABLE, but perhaps highly likely. It seems conceivable that one culture coming to a historical crossroads, with a critical decision to make, might simply make the better decision than a past culture, and purely by chance, without ever knowing about the wrong decision which that past culture made. 50/50 chance. Indeed, given that it seems likely that even the greatest historians can’t possibly know about EVERY culture and every decision ever made, I’m sure that the above is happening all the time; that is to say, it seems very likely that we’re moving through time, and yes repeating some mistakes of some forgotten or unknown culture, but we’re surely avoiding many mistakes of those same cultures as well, even though we never knew about them. By the same token, by the time America is rendered to dust and forgotten in the mists of time, other cultures will come along and face problems similar to those we face, but will not make the same mistakes we made, despite being completely ignorant of us.

    Now, it could be said that I’m pulling at the thread of this topic a little too meticulously. The above statements should seem fairly common sense. However, this segues into my second and main point, which is this; the REASON that the statement/conjecture “those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it” is so important and should be understood in proper context is because large-scale history, the history of civilizations and the world, is NOT arbitrary in most cases. History has been MANIPULATED and GUIDED by numerous forces, and, in general, those forces are NOT benevolent. They don’t intend to take the world toward any sort of genuine utopia. We need to know about civilizational history and how and why they rose and fell. In reviewing such, we find an indisputable PATTERN, a pattern of hidden hands and malignant minds subtly and sometimes even blatantly engineering crises, monetary collapse, war, and so on. In the worst case scenarios, things got so bad with those cultures that they wiped themselves out, if they weren’t wiped out by marauders or natural disasters.

    But all that is large-scale. On the smaller scale, individually, it seems just as important to dig into the past. Is it absolutely, critically necessary? No. If one was a single child of a family, all living in one house, and one day while that child was away the parents and home were destroyed in a fire, with all the belongings, records etc gone forever, would that child be lost? Would he/she have no way of “finding” him or herself?

    …no. There’s no doubt that this sad situation would be unfavorable, to say the least. But how the child dealt with this tragedy would be of the utmost import. The surrounding civilization, depending on how meticulously and deeply they educated the child, would determine the extent to which the child found a platform of self upon which to build a new self, starting a new family line. Philosophy would play a large role here, as in questions of how to view this tragedy. The parents might be gone, the family albums and records might be gone, very validly suggesting a gaping hole of identity…but the larger world would remain. Life happens. Death happens. Moving forward is the only option…apart from suicide.

    Interestingly, it seems that there is an inevitable loop here from which we cannot escape. Even if one’s immediate and personal history (family, friends) were wiped out, we would need to rely on larger order history to find stability, perspective. Ideally, that personal history would remain intact and well studied in order to form opinions about how one wished to move through the world, whether to adopt the tropes and modality of one’s immediate predecessors, or whether to break ties with the old and move on to the new.

    As far as AMERICA goes…we need our eyes opened to history big time. I understand that people in Germany have been looking on where America is going for a long time now, compared to how it started, and they have been muttering under their breath “Hey guys…don’t you realize that we went down the same path some decades ago…and it ended with a world War. You might want to wake up.”

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    1. Does America’s History Cultivate Its Future?

      In general, it is not necessary that we know our familial history in order for us to discover who we are as an individual. From infanthood until adulthood, we learn about others and as well as ourselves from the environment in which we are exposed. As young children we learn how to differentiate who we are from all others. Initially we identify or classify ourselves based upon how our parents, neighbors, and friends identify or perceive us. However, over time as we learn more about our individuality, our spiritual, intellectual, and physical uniqueness, we begin to identify ourselves how we see fit.
      Nonetheless, knowing familial history is obviously important as it pertains to an individual’s medical status but is it necessary for general self-identity? No! Keeping in my mind, history is the study of past events produced by historians. In other words, it is “his story” so it may or may not be completely factual and therefore should be an individual’s only source at identifying themselves. For the purpose of identifying your “divine” purpose or existence, we should not look to discover ourselves in a textbook simply because we are required to study such in a classroom setting. Prayer, meditation, or self-education would serve to be more beneficial for a greater sense of self.

      Although we have heard the sayings, “apples don’t fall too far from the tree” or “if you don’t know where you come from, you can’t possibly know we you are going” too many times to count, we must not allow these cliches define our futures. Disregarding our history, however good or bad it may be, would be not only disrespectful to those who have made astonishing or groundbreaking contributions worthy of America’s acknowledge but also ignorant. We, Americans, take pride in knowing who we are and how we came to be. In some ways, we feel it necessary to know but not knowing does not doom us because the present has more relevance than the past. Therefore, knowing who we are today as a product of our past experiences or environments is much more valuable to our futures than any history we may or may not acknowledge. As a nation, we should utilize our history to cultivate new ideas, concepts, or cultures. By embracing the past and present, we can make the future great but only if we are willing to build a stronger and more diverse foundation for today.

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  3. I do not believe history has any effect upon the future of America. The only factors that can make or break the country just like any other country are it’s people. Knowing the past has no effect. For if it did then their would be no fear only unity. Cause all through history it states united we stand divided we fall. America is now divided no longer united. In history there has been only one moment that had started America being divided and that was during the Civil War. Since the civil war America has not been the same many live in fear that one move will make them wrong and will make them hated by all those that don’t believe the same as them. Sad thing is many don’t realize how life really was back in that time they don’t realize that slavery wasn’t just based on color it was also based on social standing. There was laws put into effect for the poor that couldn’t afford to pay for themselves. Laws that more less put them into indentured slavery. I myself have read a great deal into history of America and can point a great deal out. And not once had the past effected the future only greed of mankind has.

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