There are several reasons why it is important for each of us to explore the aspects of the past that have made us who we are today (as individuals and collectively). One reason is that much of our sense of identity derives from the past, especially as we reach full maturity/middle age.
Children, teenagers and people in their twenties and early thirties are especially confused by their continually changing sense of identity. It is one of the reasons why I have written a blog especially on the topic of identity. You can find it here.
If you would like to explore this topic further, please visit my By Any Other Name blog when you have a spare moment or two.
Many people who arrive at this Ancestors Within blog are usually interested in researching their own family history, genealogy, ancestry, whatever you want to call it. My interest is in enriching that process, deepening the experience and making it more meaningful, here and now, and in the future (even for future generations of your family).
This is especially beneficial for those who are trying to encourage reluctant family members to take more interest in exploring (and valuing) their heritage.