A Bringer of New Things

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The Value of Studying History

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Why is it important to study history? Because our minds are hardwired to learn from the past. When we learn about history—whether through a book, a class, a documentary, a museum, or some other way (and in my opinion, the broader one’s knowledge of history, the better)—we are acquiring knowledge that we can build on and learn from in our own futures.

I just wanted to remind us of this point today. I’ll follow it with two lovely supporting quotes:

“History, despite its wrenching pain, 
Cannot be unlived, but if faced
With courage, need not be lived again.”

– Maya Angelou, “On the Pulse of Morning”

“The less a man knows about the past and present the more insecure must be his judgment of the future.”

– Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion

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This entry was posted on July 28, 2014 by in Discoveries from Learning and tagged , , , , , , .
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