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Old June 25th, 2018, 11:54 AM   #1

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I checked a two-volume set out of my local library this afternoon. Without going into detail about it the set was researched and completed over the course of 15 years of the author's life. When I read that point about the set I was absolutely amazed for a couple of reasons. The first was the fact itself, and secondly that I could show up at a library and check out these books for free. Just imagine, someone compiles information on a subject for 15 years and you can just up and read about it at no cost to you.

Afterward this got me to thinking about the mindset of someone who would have no interest in such a thing, and even though in theory I understand why that would be the case, in practice I just can't comprehend it. No matter how understandable it is, I'm still consistently floored by this lack of curiosity. How a person can be a part of history and have no interest in why the things around them are the way they are.

So I wonder what perspectives other people have on people claiming that they have no interest in history, or that it's boring.

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I checked a two-volume set out of my local library this afternoon. Without going into detail about it the set was researched and completed over the course of 15 years of the author's life. When I read that point about the set I was absolutely amazed for a couple of reasons. The first was the fact itself, and secondly that I could show up at a library and check out these books for free. Just imagine, someone compiles information on a subject for 15 years and you can just up and read about it at no cost to you.

Afterward this got me to thinking about the mindset of someone who would have no interest in such a thing, and even though in theory I understand why that would be the case, in practice I just can't comprehend it. No matter how understandable it is, I'm still consistently floored by this lack of curiosity. How a person can be a part of history and have no interest in why the things around them are the way they are.

So I wonder what perspectives other people have on people claiming that they have no interest in history, or that it's boring.
I think it depends on personal reasons. Maybe their interest in history was grounded into oblivion due to schools diluting it to just dates and memorization.

Others look at history and see it as just people butchering each other for one reason or another.
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Old June 25th, 2018, 12:42 PM   #3
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Studying history to understand why things are they way they are today implies it is possible to go back and change them, which is of course impossible. If one believes the present is something we can not change, then understanding the present through the past is a waste of time. The future can be changed, but not the past. Or so goes one point of view, not necessarily my own.
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People who have no interest in history or find it boring most likely feel the same way for everything else that encompasses the liberal arts. This indifference could be due to laziness or the fault of mental capacity. In my world I think that group is small. The main reason for being dull is environmental; i.e. being raised in a home lacking proper nurturing. Such as books and discussing their contents. Such as exposure to museums, music. To put it bluntly, it is the fault of boring parents.
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People who have no interest in history or find it boring most likely feel the same way for everything else that encompasses the liberal arts. This indifference could be due to laziness or the fault of mental capacity. In my world I think that group is small. The main reason for being dull is environmental; i.e. being raised in a home lacking proper nurturing. Such as books and discussing their contents. Such as exposure to museums, music. To put it bluntly, it is the fault of boring parents.

And boring teachers.
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And boring teachers.
A parent is our first teacher.
The home our first class room.
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What does studying history truly bring? Don't say knowledge, this forum is full of nothing but Dunning–Kruger effect as history buffs argue tooth and nail with one another. Don't say enlightenment, as this forum is full of some of the most naive people I've ever communicated with in my life. So let's not self aggrandize ourselves too much and suddenly develop superiority complexes because we joyfully read history books in school while others didn't.

People are wired differently. Some are more analytical than others. Some respond better to written language than verbal. Some do fantastic things working with their hands, while others true gift is remembering completely irrelevant tidbits about history that aren't even useful for anything besides certain Jeopardy tv show categories.

I'm a history fanatic, and if I could undo that for a better skill, to be able to just see some sort of mechanical object and understand how it works and joyfully take it apart and resassemble it in a more optimum manner, I'd trade history for it in a heartbeat. Realistically, history is a hobby in terms of how it should be truthfully recognized.
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Personally the most logical reason I can see for someone not liking history is because it makes it far more difficult to feel important as it puts your achievements and importance in harsh perspective compared to someone who is simply aware of the present and recent past. I know there's probably only a half dozen people alive tops who's lives will be relevant in 1000 or 2000 years but most people don't and it changes one's outlook drastically for the negative.

Feel like this isn't something you'd see before learning history though and is sort of a trap and I too can't understand people not wanting to learn the story of humanity.

But yeah the education system for history is terrible and has no doubt dissuaded many people who'd love history from ever studying it.

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Old June 25th, 2018, 01:09 PM   #9

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On the one hand, I feel a bit judgemental of people who have no interest in history, but, I think it's probably unfair of me. I have very limited interest in science and technology, for example. When I flip the switch the lights come on. I have no interest in how that happens.
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Old June 25th, 2018, 04:59 PM   #10
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There's history about just about everything and anything. If someone finds history boring, they may find it interesting if it is the history about slmething they like.

If they still say it's boring, then fine. I don't like soap operas, coffee or geography; and I won't start liking them just because someone else says they're great. Let them find something they DO like, and go do that instead.
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