Give your life context: CrashCourse World History

Bored? I was too, until I started the best TV series that will tide you over until Game of Thrones is back. Every episode is free to watch right now.

“WHAT?! History!?” You yell at me in a outburst exemplifying an exclamarrogive.* History indeed. Let me explain–through the historian himself–why this matters.

About the test. The test will measure whether you are an informed, engaged, and productive citizen of the world…The test will judge your ability to think about things other than celebrity marriages; whether you’ll be easily persuaded by empty political rhetoric; and whether you’ll be able to place your life and your community in a broader context…The test will last your entire life and it will be comprised of the millions of decisions that when taken together, make your life yours.  And everything,–everything–will be on it.

–John Green, CrashCourse, “The Agricultural Revolution,”

Yes Game of Thrones is better, in some ways, than CrashCourse.  But you have to take your hat off–doff it, if you insist–to a man group of people who can teach you more about the world in a few hours than a dozen high school teachers did. Not that those teachers did a bad job. They did a great job at getting you to keep your butt in a chair and your mouth shut for a half hour.

The issue is really putting you in your place. I mean that historically, psychologically, and philosophically. This is you, one word, compared to the millions of pages that make up the story of your species. The very serious problem is that if you know any of those pages–about say the Persians, or the Chinese–often times you read it wrong. World History is Eurocentric, unless you were lucky enough to get a very special education. CrashCourse is fantastic as an entertaining resource for re-educating us on our story. I recommend in particular the episode on the Haitian Revolution.

*No exclamarrogative isn’t a word. But isn’t it? Considering that “phablet” will likely enter ye antiquatedly mentioned “dictionary” soon? If phablet gets in, then zounds, exclamarrogative should too.

About C.P.

Collin is a professional writer and scholar. He holds an MA in Philosophy and a BA in English literature. His philosophical work has appeared in print published by Wiley/Blackwell and Open Court. More of his writings, philosophical, literary, comic, and just plain nonsensical are available online. He currently lives in Seattle where he is writing science fiction, dressing up for Cons, and wreaking havoc on his opponents (npcs and tabletop humans alike).
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