Essay On Knowledge Of History

869 Words4 Pages
Once a student asked her history teacher: “If I do not know the past, will I make a mistake? Do people necessarily need knowledge about the past?” The teacher answered that “Time is a common thing that people share with each other. When you did something wrong, you try to find a solution in the past and to avoid mistakes in the future.” Overall, people need knowledge of the past to fully understand the present. Firstly, the past is a time that later becomes history. Only history can show people that all the actions that have been committed in the past are linked to the present. In 1960s, Golda Meir once said that “One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present” (1963). The world already survived…show more content…
Tad Williams wrote in his book Shadowrise “Whatever my ancestors did to you, none of them consulted me” (2011). Through history, people can learn information about different events and predict possible future development. Every country has good and bad times such as crisis, dearth, fist presidential election, slavery, landing man on the moon and so on. Just as a person should know, remember, and learn from their mistakes, knowledge of history helps people to learn from mistakes giving them insight into the future. But not everyone uses this knowledge properly. If people knew the story in the past in those days, maybe the most of the wars would not have started like the second world war. The population receives knowledge from the past so they can use it, analyze and improve on that information. Amit Kalantri says, “Our ancestors have invented, we can at least innovate” (2011). As he said, people are descendants and they can innovate something, create new theories, history, technology and so on. People’s knowledge is based on experience and mistakes of past generations. Every parent, child or elderly person knows that if black and white are mixed, the color grey is the result because ancestors have proved
Open Document