History shows us what it means to be human.

History shows us what it means to be human.
Some of history’s greatest historians have seen human self-awareness as the very essence of history. Arnold Toynbee said, “History is a search for light on the nature and destiny of man.” R.G. Collingwood wrote, “History is for human self-knowledge…the only clue to what man can do is what man has done. The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is.” Who better than Alexander the Great to teach us that human nature encompasses the entire range from cruelty to benevolence?
Psychologist Bruno Bettleheim asserted that human self-knowledge is the most important role of education.”Most of all, our schools ought to teach the true nature of man, teach about his troubles with himself, his inner turmoils and about his difficulties in living with others. They should teach the prevalence and the power of both man’s social and asocial tendencies, and how the one can domesticate the other, without destroying his independence or self-love.” These words of Bettleheim, Toynbee and Collingwood were cited in Mark M. Krug’s instructive 1967 book on history and the social sciences in which Krug himself wrote, “A historian is interested in the past because he is interested in life. The true historian’s interest in the past…answers a deeply felt need to assure the continuity of human life and discover its meaning, even if the goal is never fully realized.”

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2 comments on “History shows us what it means to be human.

  1. ´╗┐Saludos! He estado visitando tuu site por muchisimo tiempo
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