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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Knowledge

Is it a trend or what, I notice that a lot of young generations have little or no interest in intellectual topics like history, geography, politics, etc. Many of them prefer to indulge in their endless shopping sprees and splurges than to spend a minute or two reading the latest current affairs or the important world events. Take some examples. A cousin of mine was completely oblivious to the notorious decapitations of hostages in Iraq which became headlines across the globe until I told her about it years later. *shock* One friend of mine didn't even know that Italy is a European country and that Rome is its capital. *double shock* Another friend once told me that the national election was none of his business because no matter what the outcome was, he'd not get affected. *triple shock*

Oh... Really?

Look... I'm not trying to laugh at their ignorance, but I'm actually saddened at the fact that they don't even bother to know or learn about the world that we're living in. Knowledge is not limited to those learned in school and textbooks. We should look beyond that. Even if we live to be 100, how much knowledge do you think we would be able to accumulate? Negligible!

Do you love history? I bet most of us don't. I particular hate the versions taught in school. But history is an important and inseparable element in the development of human race. Without history, we have no present. Without present, we have no future. Humans won't progress if they don't learn from their past and mistakes. And if we look closely at today's persisting main issues, many of them have some connections with events that happened in the past. Some can even trace back to centuries earlier!

Here's an animated video clip on the rise of the world's first empires to the fall of colonial imperialism in the 20th century within the span of 5000 years. Though the empires were mainly those centred around Europe and the Middle East and not all empires are included, it's still an interesting thing to watch.

8 comments:

mistipurple said...

many people are just indifferent.
me? i'm ignorant most of the time. :P

kyh said...

That's means you're still young! Haha! :P

mistipurple said...

or.. stewpig.
that's your wife's spelling. :P

kyh said...

You mean angie? *turn into Brad*

That stewpig can cook bak kut teh or not? :P

day-dreamer said...

Wah. You cannot generalize leh. Still got people who are not geographically retarded or don't know about current issues. Like you and me.

*cabut* :P

kyh said...

I didn't say all... ;)

Petite Lass said...

That sounds like me =p but I am not that ignorant, thanks to the radio and tv. I know some people choose not to read about the ugly side of humankind to avoid getting upset and get depressed about the cruel truth.

kyh said...

Haha! Well, we ought to know those news 'cos we're living in this very world! :)