So, I’ve been thinking a lot about history this winter. I’ve heard that those who do not know history are bound to repeat it, but I never believed it truly until a few months ago.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a yo-yo fanatic. I LOVE YO-YOS!!! And those of you who love the internet know that there is a discussion forum for almost any topic under the sun. Well, I used to love to visit yo-yo forums. I always learned a ton from reading through the discussions and searching for issues I was curious about. I started noticing, though, that lots of people would hop on to the forum and ask a question that had been answered before. This repetition started annoying me after a while, and it wasn’t long before I was waxing philosophical on this very issue: If I do not know history, am I bound to repeat it?
My current response to this question is to start reading up on history. I read a short biography on the life of J. Edgar Hoover, and his role in the formation of the current FBI. I want to read more history, but I don’t know where to start. Does anyone have ideas? I want to read history that’s accurate, and I feel wary of being duped of someone’s revisionist version of “how it really happened”. Even a stroll through the bookstore’s history section makes me wonder: Who wrote this and what are their biases? What have they left out?