By Dylan R.N. Crabb
One could say that I live and breath politics but I’d call that an exaggeration, I just like to be informed. Some people have told me I think too much, I say they don’t think enough. I would only consider myself a relative intellectual, meaning that most people are so ignorant that I seem like an intellectual by comparison; especially in the United States where most people still believe in mythical tales of creation and spiritual delusions of grandeur
If I have something to say, I will say it for the sole sake of telling the truth; there is very little I will keep from someone. However; I have always believed in my ability to write over my ability to speak and have developed somewhat of a passion for written words (almost to a fault). I often spend hours in a day staring at a blank screen replaying thesis statements over and over in my head because I can’t decide on how to begin a particular essay. Despite this apparent writer’s block, I think it’s important for writers to set aside time every day to write something regardless of what comes out onto the page (if anything at all). Inspiration isn’t a constant phenomenon and, if you are constantly waiting for inspiration, you’ll most likely never publish anything; it’s just a hobby at that point. If you want to be a writer, you have force yourself to write when it’s hard.
I believe that writing is one the most important skills that a person can possess because it is the basis of written history, which allows a society to record events so people can reflect on the past. It’s so important to know and understand human history, I would argue that it should be given the highest importance in a public school system. The obvious benefit of a comprehensive understanding of history is being able to analyze the politics of a specific time period and placing today’s issues in a sensible historical context. I think history as an academic discipline has the added benefits of pluralistic teaching, meaning that a person can learn about a multitude of human-based subjects through history – a history of governments, different forms of government, political theories, philosophy, human relations, a history of conflict in human societies, the politics of war, political trends in human history, biological connections to particular human relations or political theories, a history of military forces and military maneuvers, human nature and human creation, economics, motivations for major economic shifts in human societies – I could ramble on this for hours. I’m fascinated with the social sciences, which is ironic considering how anti-social I am in real life. Although, maybe it isn’t ironic – maybe I enjoy social science because I have sub-par social skills. All I know is, if humanity is to survive, people need to be able to write down their own history so they can reflect on it and, ultimately, learn from it.