Monday, August 07, 2017

A Trip to the 1850s

The last few months have been incredible. It isn't something unusual to come across great movies every now and then, but the impact of a great book is so much more. It all started with the sci-fi 11.22.63 that held me spellbound for days till the last line. Time travel had always attracted me, not to mention how many times I watched Back to the Future every time it's on.

Then flooded with amazing books on the native American history, visits to Dakota last year, witnessing the struggle of man over time, it actually starts to feel so much more than just facts. Every trip to a museum, every detail of the significances of each antique, emphasizes so much more regarding the nature of man than just that period. It's how we suffered and how we understood our surroundings, the cause and effect repeatedly over time that shaped us as who we are today. We are blessed today that we have documented collections of historical events that can enrich us into understanding who we are, what we have done, and what we can do. It's not about the landscapes, monuments, attractions, sceneries, instead it is all about the people and the cultures that have played role in shaping our today's world.


A recent visit to the historic site of Abraham Lincoln's home sparked several realizations, specially after reading the book Team of Rivals. It's amazing to know how someone could endure and tolerate so much in a single lifetime, and that too without letting it change the flow of life and the challenges that it brings with it. The visit felt an icing on the cake after finishing the book that had so much details that one can ever ask for.

It is always a pleasure to be knowing what we could never have known had we not lived in the time. Maybe it's appearing too much obsession with the past, but maybe we really to need to know the past well to understand ourselves and create a better future. Really do not want some of the things in history to repeat itself!

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