Predicting The Future

Predicting The Future

I have always had a desire to learn about the world and most things about the world tie into one thing – history. History is my inspiration. It is everything that has happened, and everything that exists or has existed is because of what has happened in the past. Everything we can truly know is history because we can’t study the future only make predictions about it. However, we can learn about what’s likely to happen in the future by studying history and that is what I would like to study in college along with other critical areas of study. Specifically, I am interested in how history is affecting Politics today.

Though this may sound cliché, history does repeat itself, at least in a way. By looking at the past and seeing what people have done, you can learn a lot about human nature. You can see how people think and how they react to certain situations. And through this, you can predict what people will probably do in the future. Sometimes, it’s like watching history be made before it happens.

A good example of history repeating itself is the tendency for people to develop prejudice for other groups of people. This tends to develop when someone does not know anyone from a certain group and begins to see them as a force of evil.  This is often because of the influence of people who want to use these biases for political gain. This is, unfortunately, a part of human nature and one that has been repeated almost constantly around the world for probably as long as humans have existed. It has caused countless wars, genocides, and other horrible events. One of the worst was the Holocaust, caused by a prejudice of Jews and other groups that grew among many people in Germany.

Though this prejudice had developed centuries before, it grew more widespread and intense when Hitler used it as a tool to rise to power. An example happening today is the polarized politics in the United States. Many members of both political parties think that the other side is pure evil. Many people are refusing to engage in conversation with the other side, or even give them a thought, because they think that their side is morally superior. Politicians on both sides, especially ones from areas that vastly support one political party, are using this to their advantage, fanning the flames of prejudice purely for their own political gain, like two angry mobs of wannabe Hitler’s. This makes it both interesting and highly practical to be able to see where politics are going to go in the future.

Recognizing these patterns in history is especially useful in Political Science; particularly Psephology: the statistical study of elections and trends in voting. Politics impact so much of our lives because it determines which people are in the government and what policies govern us. Elected officials decide what we can and can’t legally do, how much taxes we pay and what they’re spent on, our relationship with other nations and so much more. By looking at the past we can see what the government is most likely to do and be like in the future.

I have always been fascinated by history and geography, which has led me to an interest in politics and current events. I have become passionate about the electoral process and about the constant changes in the way different people approach choosing their leaders.  I currently spend a lot of my free time reading about and analyzing current and past elections, candidates, and public’s political inclination. I like reading about current events, creating maps to visualize past and current trends and conversing and debating about historical and political issues.  It’s my passion and I hope to continue this into my future study and career.

I am graduating from Juneau-Douglas High School this coming May and am looking forward to college in the fall. I’ve have been volunteering at the Alaska State Museum and working in my own landscape and dog walking business to help pay for college.  I have decided on Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington which has a good political science program and also encourages students to think critically and look at issues from a variety of protectives. I will possibly do some additional studies in statistics, law, and, definitely, history because they would enhance any studies in Political Science. I plan on following my bachelor’s degree with a master’s program in political science or a complementary field.  My end goal is a career as a political analyst specifically in the Psephology field. I’ve yet to decide whether I’ll work in the private or public sector, but it is my dream to work as an analyst of election trends.

I think the study of Political Science and History is interesting and very important to our world. By looking at the past we can often see into the future. History is happening all around us, and it affects us greatly. I want to study history and use it as a platform for analyzing the future of politics.  As Colin Powell said, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” I have big dreams and I’m ready to continue on my journey towards success with the assistance of Usman Digital Media.

Author: Usman Raza

Usman Raza is a freelance writer, marketing specialist and co-founder of Usman Digital Media. When not working, he’s probably spending time with his family. Follow him on Facebook @usmanraza40 and Twitter @usmanintrotech.

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