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Monday, October 27, 2014

Unit 1 Humanities Reflection

   
     Why do enduring stories survive over time? Well to start of with not all stories survive over time. They have to meet certain circumstances to pass, the story has to include action, humour, and a lesson learned. The stories who do meet these circumstances get passed on from generation to generation by oral story telling. For example, a father learned a myth after dinning at a bar. The father has kids and passes it on to them including his wife. The kids grow up and pass it on to their kids etc etc, but don't forget that some details go missing, or have changed, after being passed for so many years. After our generation learned how to record information on hieroglyphs and on paper, stories didn't change as much since people saw the written information as the original information, but there are other authors that publish a book and give different details than others. Meaning that stories will always change even in the future. An example of this is when we did a small experiment, that lasted about a week, where we had to tell our story to a peer. The next day, that peer had to tell my story to another peer. In the end, my classmates retold the story to the class, and I realised that there were important details missing from the original article. This proves that stories change every time it is passed on and the stories that weren't interesting we forgot!
     To what extent is the history of ancient civilisations a story about progress? Ancients civilisation make progress and story telling is part of that. Story telling is part of the ancient civilisations making progress because story telling made, transportation, entertainment, and beliefs possible. I think story telling made transportation possible because when we look at many era's before, the time when civilisation didn't have paper and pencil yet, stories were told orally. The told stories weren't only told for entertainment but also to inform others, like kings, dukes and warlords. Those informative messages could be to brief them about dangers, upcoming threats, invitations, etc. Of course, you needed people to transmit those messages for you which created jobs. This still happens up to this day, for example, the mailman who gives us information and stories that are happening. In the end, story telling was a big part of causing transportation to occur. Second, story telling is the main root of entertainment and beliefs. Entertainment caused beliefs to happen in the world of men. Beliefs such as cursed woods, holy lakes and haunted castles, but it also generated peace when believed that a god would protect them. For example, when we look at Uruk in ancient Mesopotamia, it had a temple to worship their god, Anu. Thinking that they would be protect and safe while worshipping him. This caused evolution to happen in civilisations since they had to build armies to fight evil or build mighty palaces to worship gods. Overall, I think story telling is a important part of our evolution.

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