There is a danger in studying history, which has direct implications for your life.
The danger is to view past lives as being pre-determined, the past choices of historical characters as inevitable.
We take what happened for granted, ignoring the infinite possibilities of what could have happened had the characters chosen differently.
We view history as static facts and dates and fixed events, rather than a rich, dynamic, fluid, unfolding story that can take twists and turns at any moment.
Think of it this way: The first time you watch an action movie you’re on the edge of your seat, held in suspense, anxious to know what will happen next, wondering what the characters will choose in response to events and circumstances.
The twists at the end that you never saw coming surprise and delight you, make the story wondrous and satisfying.
The second time you watch that same movie, you’ve lost your sense of wonder. When you already know how the story ends, you take the characters’ choices for granted.
Of COURSE they chose that, you think (at least subconsciously). What other choice did they have?
Ah. There is the danger.