CAN KNOWING YOUR HISTORY SHAPE BEHAVIOUR? FIND OUT what people have known
since the dawn of time.
Not knowing your history is like a tree without roots. You lose much of who you are.
The value of knowing your true identity is that it gives purpose to your life. In addition, Man can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as from a lack of bread. Therefore, just as starving from lack of bread can kill you, likewise a people/nation forgets its past does so at its own peril, because they are bound to repeat disastrous mistakes of the past.
Consider the following points about the benefits of knowing one's history:
01Helps deal with racism. Because knowing your black history FREES you from other's opinion of YOU.
02Discover the outstanding ancestors you come from whose heritage you share. Such knowledge breaks down any feelings of insecurity and inferiority and rather skyrockets your self-value and confidence/self-esteem.
03As black parents the stories we tell about our heritage offer the basis for developing our communities and transmitting values for the next generation.
Lack of knowledge of our black-history causes us and our children to copy and follow other people’s lifestyles. What we forget is; those we copy and follow blindly, are who they are, because of knowing or being aware of their history and culture. Not knowing our own history means we unwittingly adopt these other cultures. This creates the ugly duckling situation, whereby as black people, we don't fit anywhere in life. We are always wanting others to accept us. The ugly duckling story aptly describes a person who does not know his history and thus, even though he thinks he does, truly doesn't know himself.
Just in case you do not know what I mean by the ugly duckling, let me explain by telling you his story:
The Ugly Duckling is a story of a duck that throughout its life did not fit among other ducks. Han Christian Andersen wrote the story.
The tale begins with a mother duck's eggs hatch, but the largest egg takes longer than all the others to hatch. Neighbor's think that the egg may be a turkey's egg. When the egg eventually hatches, the duckling is ugly, large and just plain different. Mother Duck is however, relieved to see that her latest son swims - he cannot be a turkey but as ducklings go, he is not quite very good looking. Therefore, he becomes the UGLY DUCKLING.
The ugly duckling lives an unpleasant existence in the "duckyard" of the farm on which his family members lives. With the notable exception of his mother, he is not only disparaged for his appearance, he is frequently bullied and brutalized. Consequently, his self-image nosedives and his self-esteem suffers terribly.
Unwanted and unloved, he flees, away from the farm into the wild. At some point he seeks refuge in an old woman's hut, but the woman's pets - a cat and a chicken make daily life unpleasant for him. So he heads back again into the wide, wild world and finds himself alone on the brink of the winter season. The chilly temperatures almost kills him, but as spring arrives, he finds himself feeling much better and flies to a lovely location with a collection of regal swans.
The ugly duckling has by now given up on life and contemplates suicide. He intends to enter amongst the swans and expects them to basically kill him. Instead of turning on him as he expected, rather, the swans recognized him as one of their own. Looking at his own reflection in the water, he sees that indeed he is! The young children who visit the park see him as the most beautiful swan of all.
The moral of the story is; you can suffer a great deal in life if you don't really know your true identity and where to fit in. For a time the ugly duckling thought he was a duck. Likewise many black people who don't know their history assume they are the same as those they mix with. They complain about racism and what not when those they mix with discriminate against them. Thus, just as the ugly ducking, lack of our history is making us suffer needlessly.
On this site, you will find the sample pages of the black-history book: "The Call to the Hebrews." Take some time and read it and discover some astonishing truths about yourself as a black person. You'd find just as the ugly duckling discovered in the end, we have a lot to be proud of as black people. In addition, find out what others are saying after reading the black history book: "The Call to the Hebrews." READ REVIEWS OF THE BOOK ON AMAZON