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Importance of History

What is so important about history? After all, it has already happened. There is nothing we can do to change it. So, what is the big deal? Why should we care about it at all? Actually, a vital part of a successful future is understanding the successes and failures of the past.

History should be studied and understood.


Learning the Present Through the Past

A leader of a country is about to make a major decision regarding another country. Knowing about that country’s past and how it has reacted before could mean the difference between a victory and all out war. We are the past. History is an ingrained part of each of us. Who we are comes from our ancestors, the cultures before us, and the decisions of leaders centuries before.

History is not just about stories of dead people. Yes, they lived long ago and are now gone, but it is so much more. It is the DNA of the world today. Why is there so much conflict in the Middle East? These issues just didn’t arise out of the ground yesterday. They are nothing new. Look at the history and understand the hurt, anger, and pain. You might not change your entire opinion over the events, but you’ll learn to understand each side and even change your stance.

Why do we see evidence of Europe in Asia? Check the history and see how the explorers reached out and began to share culture.

Why are particular days honored in cultures? Read their past and understand their present.

How can we reach out to other cultures? Learn their past and understand their heart. Only then can you know who they are and approach them in a positive manner.

Best Teacher Around is History

History is one of the greatest teachers you will ever find. Edmund Burke once said that if you wanted to avoid auschwitz-1066516__180repeating mistakes of the past you should learn what those mistakes were and how they came about.

If you touched a stove while mom was cooking and it was hot, chances are it will be hot again when she is cooking. You learn a valuable lesson. It hurts when mom cooks on the stove. Therefore you don’t want to do it again.

You learn the same lessons reading and studying world history, geography, and western civilization. History is a guide book laid out before you. All you have to do is pick it up and read the best advice of all — the advice from experience.

Why Study History?


Why study history? It is fun, exciting, and needed for your journey through the ages ahead. What better map than the one drawn by the ones who have gone before? Do you go on a trip without looking at a map someone else has drawn because they have been there? Those maps are great that show construction so you can avoid it or anticipate it. I wouldn’t take a road trip across country without looking at a map to guide me.

And as you begin to see and understand the interweaving and intricacies of the past that have led us to where we are, you can add your own voice to the chorus and of those who have made the journey before you. You become a part of history.

How Can You Get Interested?

How do you develop an interest and enthusiasm for the past? Begin with watching movies on historical events. The History Channel, National Geographic Channel, and the local PBS station offer many options. I love to go on YouTube and look for documentaries on interesting topics. Start broad. If you like a certain time period in history or a certain culture, look for documentaries on them. I have found great ones on British topics. That has led me to vintage-1135015__180others I wouldn’t have found otherwise. Just browse through the options.

If you are interested to learn more, check your local library. You can find an amazing wealth of information on so many historical figures, events, and locations. Visit your local historical society to learn more about the town you live in. History is all around you. Check it out.

Explore History

Don’t go into history thinking of it as boring. Think of what you are missing and look for the fun aspects. It can be seen as science or as religion. You can study how the planets were discovered. Guess what? That’s history. You can study how different religions spread across the world. Guess what? That’s history.


Note: This article was originally published on BellaOnline. I removed it to republish on another site. When I did that, I discovered it was stolen as an answer on Yahoo Answers. I am now banned from publishing on any other site.

The Founding of the Witness Protection Program

gangster-539993__180Many stories have been written or put on the big screen that involve the Federal Witness Protection Program. It is a semi-secretive program designed to protect those who come forth to provide evidence against criminals the government is interested. They tend to be high-profile and powerful enough to strike fear in most potential witnesses. Many witnesses feel that if they do come forth only the witness protection program can save their lives.

Let’s start off by saying that the official name for the program is not the Federal Witness Protection Program. That is the name that society has placed on it and is recognized everywhere including the U.S. government. And it is not run by the FBI like so many people think. I did not realize that it is the U.S. Marshals Service that runs the Witness Security Program. You learn something new every day.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service site the purpose of the program is to provide “for the security, health and safety of government witnesses, and their immediate dependents, whose lives are in danger as a result of their testimony against drug traffickers, terrorists, organized crime members and other major criminals.” This program was set up in 1970 under the Organized Crime Control Act which was created as a direct result of a mafia informant who came forth but was fearful of his life. The government wanted the mob family so badly, they agreed to protect him. Thus was born the Witness Security Program.

The site announces that they have protected over 8,500 people and their immediate family members. According to them, no one has ever been harmed under their protection when the rules have been followed. I can only assume that some idiot called up an old friend and let the cat out of the bag. You’re on your own then.

Now, in my story, The Cost of Second Chances, I have a unique version of the program. This is one that is not under the official umbrella and is more done as a side covert project. Why? Because the one in charge has a gut feeling something is not right and the normal process has been compromised. He brings in a black op man who is ready to hang up his hat and asks him to take a woman under his custody possibly for life as his wife. Yes, I know that would never happen, but then again this is a fictional story and the circumstances were set up where it had to happen. Throughout the story, Alex uses his contacts in the agent world to keep tabs on others and to get help when he needs to.

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