Reading and studying history and how it helps you with creative inspiration
"HUMAN HISTORY IN ESSENCE IS THE HISTORY OF IDEAS."
If you are looking for creative insight: reading history can help you find your muse and help you better understand the world around you. Knowing how we got here will help you better understand where we are going. Good writers draw upon history to make their world of words more complete.
A sense of History
Sometimes finding your muse involves looking backward into the past and gaining inspiration from our shared history. Whether you are looking far and wide, reading about humanities’ rise from cave dwellers to city builders, or close and narrow, reading about the evolution of hard rock during the seventies, knowing about the history of mankind can help spur your imagination and help you draw parallels to what is happening now.
The old adage “History repeats itself” is absolutely true. Reading about our past can show you where we may be heading in the future and even help you understand why things happen the way they do. You can study the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and see the correlation with the problems facing America today. You can read about the destruction of the Mayan Empire because of the impact they had upon their environment and understand the importance of preserving earth’s ecosystems.
Another adage that can be found floating around is “Hindsight is 20/20”. This means that reflecting upon history can help you learn from it. You can allow yourself to ask “what could have been done differently?” and be inspired to learn from the situation. Reading history can also inspire you by allowing you to reflect upon our past and understand why things are the way they are. It can help you give a understanding to our future dilemmas and spur you to think of ways not to repeat the problems that occurred in the past.