History is inspiring and relevant

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 November, 2007, 12:00am

Many Hong Kong students believe studying history is a waste of time.

They say the subject deals with obsolete events that do not help improve our modern world. But this is wrong.

History is inspiring and relevant. By looking back at what happened around the world, we can learn how the modern world was shaped.

By looking at global developments and mistakes made in the past, we can avoid them and improve our lives.

By studying people's struggles and contributions of historical figures, we can choose what path to follow.

History is fun and provides a valuable perspective from which we can observe ourselves and look into the future.

History is not just about reviewing yesterday. It's also about perceiving today and foreseeing tomorrow.

William Chan, Queen's College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, William. I, too, am interested in history. Our world has been shaped by past events - and the more you know about the past, the better you will understand today.

The recent surge of interest in cultural heritage issues - which really kicked off over the summer with the demonstrations about the Star Ferry - points to a growing collective interest in the past.

To be interested in history - whether it's through old buildings or books - is not to be stuck in the past. Far from it.

When you delve into the past, you always come out of the experience into the present - and then you will be better informed to understand our world today.

Kate, Editor