De Toc­queville: ‘His­tory a gallery of pic­tures in which there are few orig­i­nals and many copies.’

Palawan Daily News - - Opinion - THE EYE OPENER BY HAR­LEY SERVANDO

Dic­tionary-based speak­ing, His­tory is the dis­ci­pline that stud­ies the chrono­log­i­cal record of events (as af­fect­ing a na­tion or peo­ple), based on a crit­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion of source ma­te­ri­als and usu­ally pre­sent­ing an ex­pla­na­tion of their causes.

Each na­tion’s his­tory gave au­then­tic iden­tity to its par­tak­ing cit­i­zens and to the na­tion it­self. It helps in em­brac­ing more of the cul­ture, val­ues, tra­di­tions and norms our fore­fa­thers had en­riched and hered­ited to us.

Our coun­try’s his­tory also gives us chills and amuse­ments to­wards our he­roes whose brav­ery, re­silience and valor reigned as they all fought for our Inang Bayan. Hence, they are all must be com­mem­o­rated an­nu­ally and when­ever we sing our Na­tional An­them with honor and pride.

On the other hand, His­tory, in this point in time could pos­si­bly be re­lated to sev­eral as­pects and/or which way should we wish to de­fine and use it. The word could either be a sort of an al­bum or scrap­book with de­tails in­side wherein few may be orig­i­nals and the lat­ter may be copies in num­bers.

His­tory could also be a sim­ple story—that has series of events, and when re­told, the prob­a­bil­ity of be­ing re­vised and changed is high at risk— the thought and the chrono­log­i­cal order have also chances to be al­tered. But there are sto­ries that had been told to us count­less times and will for­ever and al­ways lived into our be­ings with­out re­vi­sions and had be­came our bases in liv­ing.

More­over, De Toc­queville might also tell us that we have dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties which make us unique. We are go­ing to meet (new) peo­ple—dif­fer­ent uni­verses in dif­fer­ent bod­ies. They all have some­thing to tell us, and vice versa. We may choose whether the things that we had shared to one an­other either be re­tained or be ne­glected or for­got­ten.

Fur­ther­more, it could also in­fer that “Art is dead.” The art­works and mas­ter­pieces nowa­days are be­com­ing main­stream from var­ied ideas of pre­vi­ous artists and ar­ti­sans. There are no longer orig­i­nal ideas. Mostly are al­ready be­com­ing copies from the fa­mous mas­ter­pieces we are study­ing in our Art classes.

None­the­less, we should al­ways re­mem­ber that His­tory will al­ways be true to some and not for few. It would go and pass on gen­er­a­tions to gen­er­a­tions, and we must se­cure that the sto­ries that we set forth to their knowl­edge are those with bases and not with what we just only want to af­fixed to them.

“...We may choose whether the things that we had shared to one an­other either be re­tained or be ne­glected or for­got­ten.”

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