- Feb 2017
- Pacific Ocean
history is taught to justify a politic-economic-social view in the present..that is the reason because a fact... is perceived differently according to the time in which a human is living.
Of course interpretations are fictions, created by the historian to better explain what happened. They cannot fully explain the past. But at the same time human beings live life thinking through causal relations, even if these only partially explain what is happening around them, and this is not problematic in the slightest. If an apple fell from my hand I can think of three initial interpretations as to why: 1) I let it drop; 2) My hand was slippery; 3) Gravity pulled it. The 'fact' here is that an apple fell, while the rest is only my interpretations of why that was so. I could simply chose interpretation #1 and that would solve the problem, for it still relates to a part of reality. Explanations do not have to fully explain events, for this is impossible even with daily occurrences such as apples falling from slippery hands (maybe I had tripped just an instant before it fell?), but it seems that there is no problem if historical explanations only partly explain events. A partial explanation still refers to an aspect of reality.