History, Essential to Giving Life Meaning
I think postman makes a valid argument in stating that history is an essential aspect in giving life to humanity meaning. It's true the most important aspect to the subject at matter in a wide variety of topics is the idea of being able to make connections. Making connections in any route of life seems to me the most valuable idealism in driving humanity. People desire to know who they are and where they have come from as postman says in order to comprehend our reasoning to our thoughts. It's essential to us to know where these thoughts of ours are coming from. For instance, I find this to be particularly true especially when it came to the presidential election for obama and the opinion of those f my ethnic and cultural background. It had never occurred to me that people that many immigrants from Guyana would be against the election of president obama who appeared to me as an highly educated man who had effective warrants to all his arguments and actions. If anything because he was considered a minority in this country I thought previous citizens of Guyana would be happy to have someone of minority achieving such great lengths and bend over backwards just to see it happen. However, the more I started listening to Guyanese people's opinions the more it became evident that the situation was quite the opposite. Intrigued by the response of Guyanese people from all over the world, I learned that the majority of the people where not supporters of obama because of the history of Guyana. Interestingly enough majority of the Guyanese Indian population were opposed to having obama as a president because of the traumatizing experience of Guyana having a black president in the past. It turns out that during the leadership of this president, Indian people suffered from all types of abuse including violent actions such as rape. Because Indian people faced such discrimination from the black people as soon as a black person was elected president, this historical event was a enough of a valid reasoning to persuade Guyanese people in the U.S. to not vote for obama because he is black and therefore could not rule a country. Out of curiosity I asked a family member why they are applying this historical context to a country of different cultural, social and most of all historical context the response I got was, "Have you ever seen one successful black president throughout this entire world. Tell me or show me which black person has ever ruled a country successfully...that's right they can't...I have never seen one successful black person run a country and obama's going to make a mess of things!" Based of this response I learned that the historical context in which you belong to has such a gret influence to the reasoning’s of your thoughts. Me being raised under a completely different historical, social, and cultural context changes my approach to this subject of Guyana's historical context but my overall conclusion to the idea is the historical background of one country can't be applied to another because of the circumstance of completely different historical contexts and the present context of situations now.
In stating this, I believe postman is right in saying that history in every aspect, or subject of matter in our life is foundation in our continuous thrive for intelligence.