#5 The problems with history

History can be found everywhere in our environment. It influences our lives in the present, it has influenced our lives in the past and it will continue to do so in the future. However, there are some problems with history that adversely affect us and our knowledge of history. The following text will reveal two problems and possible solutions for me.

Simplification

To make history clearer and easier to understand, it is often simplified. That can be a danger because important facts and backgrounds are quasi-deleted. Furthermore, people like stories and not boring analyses, but this context is needed to understand decisions and events. For example, since 1879, there have been tensions between the European states, which could cause a great war. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo was an event that most statesmen were waiting for. The solution is that, despite all the complexity, this background is necessary in order to understand the big picture. In addition, that makes history more insightful.

Conspiracy Theories

In times of social media, conspiracy theories are again very popular. Some call it stupid talk, others call it alternative facts and each of us knows some of these theories, like about the Moon Landing, 9/11 or the assassination on Kennedy and of course, there are always the same conspirators: Illuminati, Jews or just the Clintons. Now in the age of alternative facts, these theories are experiencing a resurgence. These fake narratives without empirical evidence are a great danger, as they can be used against minorities and other groups. This problem can be solved ā€œby teaching children analytic thinking skills along with the insight that societal problems often have no simple solutions, by stimulating a sense of control, and by promoting a sense that one is a valued member of society, education is likely to install.ā€œ

To sum up, I would like to say that it is always good to be skeptical, but one should trust the evidence and think scientifically because only verified facts are real facts.

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