How I Define History and How History Has Impacted My Life James Joyce said “History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” Cicero said “History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illuminates reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tidings of antiquity.” Freud said “Only a good-for-nothing is not is not interested in his past.” Nietzsche wrote that “very past is worth condemning.” These great men of literature and philosophy have defined history as dark, not necessarily truthful and with the power of learning lessons. American history seems to parallel the definition of history of these great thinkers. The first immigrants to America were Asians and they crossed the Beringia...The end:
..... what actually happened in the past. This process of interpretation clouds the definition of history (“What is History?”). Understanding the fallacy associated with the telling of history has influenced my life by teaching me to believe only half of what I read and less of what I hear. My experience with my uncle and the ease in which he told me what could be or not be the truth of my family’s linage changed my life for the worse and then for the better. History I have learned can be a weapon as well as a tool. The truth of history lies not in the definition as much as the teller of history. Work Cited “What is History?” Institute of Historical Research. 2001. 10 May 2010 <http://www.history.ac.uk/ihr/Focus/Whatishistory/ carr1.html>.