Many different regions around the globe are experiencing a rising tendency that is to look into the family’s history. I believe it is happening for two main reasons: curiosity and medical purposes and I am convinced that it is a positive trend.
Curiosity about the origin of one’s own family is a major factor of family history investigation. People might be curious whether they have royal roots or what life was like centuries ago and there is an urge to satisfy such curiosity. To further explain, the satisfaction causes great psychological effects thanks to the release of dopamine in the brain. Moreover, people may want to trace back to their origin for medical purposes. They may want to find out if they inherit any genetic diseases to have prompt prevention methods. For example, a recent Harvard University’s research shows that 70% of the surveyed people who know they have a family history of cancer are more likely to have a health check on a consistent regular basis.
This tendency is definitely a positive one. First, looking into the family’s history helps strengthen the bond between family members. It starts from stories told by parents to meetings with relatives like uncles, aunts, cousins…, helping one to establish the intimate connection with the rest of the family. Second, family history research allows one to gain deep understanding about the family’s traditional values. This ignites the sense of appreciation and thus, encourage one to preserve their family’s customs, furthermore, the country’s cultural practices. For example, Bat Trang porcelain and pottery village is able to maintain the Vietnamese cultural values in ceramic arts thanks to the practice of passing family historical knowledge from generation to generation of people here.
To summarize, people tend to investigate on their families’ historical backgrounds out of curiosity or for medical benefits, which is a positive trend due to the family bond formation and culture preservation, and hence, should be encouraged.
Nguồn: DOL English