Akbar’s Aphorisms #4 – His Story

History is imperfect like humanity. How we relate to that fact, or to history itself is indicative of our relationship with our fellows.



  1. logocentric
    May 16, 2010

    by ‘history,’ do you mean ‘the study of the past,’ or do you mean the objective past, as it may or may not exist, independent of one’s study of it? or maybe there is not enough distinction to choose. just wondering.

  2. akbar lightning
    May 16, 2010

    I mean, all that is included in the below pasted entry from the dictionary concerning the word…interesting that the original meaning of history meant both the practice of research into the narrative as well as the narrative itself, as if both were joined together. i think this is more true than false…but again, my understanding of history reflects how it is I feel about the pregnant..that both are pregnant with and resonate of truth, as well as its shadow…

    ? ?/?h?st?ri, ?h?stri/ Show Spelled[his-tuh-ree, his-tree] Show IPA
    the branch of knowledge dealing with past events.
    a continuous, systematic narrative of past events as relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc., usually written as a chronological account; chronicle: a history of France; a Medical history of the patient.
    the aggregate of past events.
    the record of past events and times, esp. in connection with the human race.
    a past notable for its important, unusual, or interesting events: a ship with a history.
    acts, ideas, or events that will or can shape the course of the future; immediate but significant happenings: Firsthand observers of our space program see history in the making.
    a systematic account of any set of natural phenomena without particular reference to time: a history of the American eagle.
    a drama representing historical events: Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies.
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    1350–1400; ME historie < L historia < Gk historía learning or knowing by inquiry, history; deriv. of híst?r one who knows or sees (akin to wit, video, veda)

    Word Origin & History

    1390, "relation of incidents" (true or false), from O.Fr. historie, from L. historia "narrative, account, tale, story," from Gk. historia "a learning or knowing by inquiry, history, record, narrative," from historein "inquire," from histor "wise man, judge," from PIE *wid-tor-, from base *weid- "to know," lit. "to see" (see vision). Related to Gk. idein "to see," and to eidenai "to know." In M.E., not differentiated from story; sense of "record of past events" probably first attested 1485. Sense of "systematic account (without reference to time) of a set of natural phenomena" (1567) is now obs. except in natural history. What is historic (1669) is noted or celebrated in history; what is historical (1561) deals with history. Historian "writer of history in the higher sense," distinguished from a mere annalist or chronicler, is from 1531. The O.E. word was þeod-wita.


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