Τρίτη, Φεβρουαρίου 12, 2013

How important is the past ?



by Dimitris Stavrou

While most people would agree that examining the past is the best way to create a better future, the number of those who believe that it has no value for the present is on the increase. I am inclined to believe that the past is important in some ways but in other ways it is not.
On the first hand, studying past mistakes helps us to avoid them in the future. In that way, the past plays an important educational role. As far as the nations understand and recognize their mistakes, they become more capable to interact with the world today by building a solid identity based in the national self-knowledge. There is no nation  without mistakes.
On the other hand, the domain of our lives is the present and the future. We cannot stay stuck at the achievements of our ancestors as far as we do not continue their great civilization today. We have to evoke succeeds in all the aspects of the human progress nowadays so that to be proud and more self-confident. It is more important to give something to our descendants than to admire the glory of our ancestors.
To sum up, while it cannot be denied that great past achievements can ispire us, it is true that this inspiration should be the vital force for face the modern and future challenges.

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