History is Anything but Boring

It’s an amusing spectacle, every time I advise a pupil to read history books. The typical reply is: “But, history is boring”. My response is usually: “It’s not enjoyable because you’re not trying hard enough to extract the rich lessons it has to offer”. This answer elicits puzzled looks almost every time.

It isn’t until after a short explanation is given to my interlocutors, that they tend to agree with my assertion. After enough clarification, they promise to read some history books. (At least, this is what they’ve told me they’ll do. It could very well be that they desire to put an end to the conversation, thereby promising something they have no intention of keeping.) Continue reading