“America has won World War II”. That is the fact that I had to face when I first started attending middle school in the United States. It was quite a revelation to me, since the whole time living in Russia I only heard about the heroic efforts of the Red Army, with hardly any mention of American, and even less, British contribution to the war effort. Indeed, different perspectives often result in different ways history is recorded. Often one nation’s success is another nation’s failure and histories of such nations are likely to reflect that. It is the job of historians and archeologists to use the power of reason and constant scrutiny in order to shed as much bias from the historical accounts as possible and bring our understanding closer to the elusive concept of objective reality. Because of the inherent bias common to all people, the popular opinion amongst philosophers of science is that objective truth can never be obtained. True as that may be, especially for a discipline so heavily reliant on subjective accounts as history, the constant pursuit of that objective truth should be of the paramount importance to a society which values the freedom of its citizens. The powerful of our world often attempt to mislead the public for their own political or financial gain. Without the people firmly committed to uncovering the truth such attempts would succeed more often and their success would be more lasting.
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