I believe the most important and significant question is, “Why do events happen, and what are their impacts?” and this should be the question to study for the rest of the school year.

The first part is quite simple. Why do events happen? Historic events occur because of other events. It’s sort of like a domino effect. When one event happens, the next one is caused because of the first one. Now, we can trace this example back to the beginning of time with the Big Bang Theory, but humanity cannot conclude what caused the “first event in history.” For a more logical and reasonable example, let’s take World War 2 and more specifically, the Attack on Pearl Harbour. Japan and America had trade routes at one point but the Japanese military came to the realization that America was becoming powerful. To prevent this, Japan sent over 300 fighters, bombers, and torpedo planes to obliterate the naval base in Hawaii. On December 7th, 1941, the bombs were dropped and all hell had broken loose. Prior to this event, the USA was not involved in the war but the day after the Pearl Harbour bombings, the US had declared war on Japan. Italy and Germany had declared war on America.

As you can see with the picture provided below, one event leads to another. This is where the second part of the question comes into play: “what are their impacts?” The impacts of events are why we study them, whether they’re positive or negative. The first world war caused a plethora amount of destruction and millions of lives were lost. We needed to learn from the consequences of our actions. People said it was “the war to end all wars”. Humanity believed that because of all the damage and death, we would have learned to stop fighting and killing each other. However, a few decades later the second World War broke out.

This is why we need to reflect and learn from the negative impacts certain events cause as well as positive impacts. Every choice we make in our lives will have an effect on something. This is why we need to study the question, “Why do events happen, and what are their impacts” – to properly understand the consequences and positive impacts of historical events.

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