“They say history defines you, but I say you define history📓” The human reaction to history could be divided into two types of responses. It could be an intellectual response - the rushing waves of information permeating your brain that occurs during classes, court rooms, and debates. It could be an emotional response - the warmth and pride flowing in your veins during the retelling of traditional family lores, singing traditional songs, and passing down of ancestral jewelry.
However at times history brings about not one but both responses. In my case it is the book in my arms. Buku lak-lak: an old book that compiles Bataknese traditional medicine, poems, and law. It peaked my curiosity due to my medical background, yet it emotionally awed me since this is the book that is written by my ancestors - kept and passed down generation till it reaches me.
This is a rare combination and usually one historical event or artifact could evoke both responses to only a few specific type of people. However during this past week, million of people of all different backgrounds, race, cultures, and walks of life, came together to remember and celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of one person: Jesus Christ. It is an event which is important in the intellectual circles since His birth determines how we see history in general: AD and BC. Yet it is also an important event emotionally to many, since His death and resurrection allows so many to feel love, grace, and freedom. Both responses - intellectual and emotional - experienced by millions. Quite impressive if you think about it.