usefulness of history for us
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I didn't notice a formula to this debate so I'm going to go straight to my main argument.
Your first sentence is my basis for my argument: "...the old mistakes of the gone can become the correct decisions of the now."
The purpose of history is not to bore you (although in some cases it very well can), it's to make sure that past mistakes will never happen again. As education in Western Societies increases we must look at the pasts pros and cons and analyze the patterns associated with former events.
It also allows us to understand where many of our fundamental ideas about society come from i.e Enlightenment, Scientific Revolution, Renaissance etc.
I looks forward to your additional arguments.
Really, correcting past mistakes? How does the study of world war help US (Not united states, it is us, as in we) ? Will we be able to prevent world war 3 if it happens? We are not in a political leadership position, how does learning about world leaders help us? Hitler made a mistake by killing religious minorities, but even if I didn't study Hitler wouldn't I know killing is wrong? As for patterns in former events, we can't predict war or revolution patterns due to changes in society and the vast varieties of personality of people.
"It also allows us to understand where many of our fundamental ideas about society come from i.e Enlightenment, Scientific Revolution, Renaissance etc."
Apart from historians and interested students, why would anyone want to know about the origin of these ideas? I learnt about the Renaissance, yet it ain't helping me in my life at all. If I know the idea, ain't that enough?
History isn't useful as it is taking up lot of our memory that could be used for storing useful and practical information. We are learning all that history about kings and imperialist rules, but then very few countries are ruled by kings now, aren't they? And I can bet 1000 to 1 we can't become kings or dictators.
Lessons in history such as giving freedom to people and not taking high taxes is known by any person. Through empathy and compassion, it is easy to understand why we should give freedom to others and not make life difficult for other people. Why learn about all those events in history to learn this stuff?
Moreover, history is dividing people. Old grudges such as between majority of the countries and Britain, India and Pakistan, Japan and USA are kept alive as schools teach history to the masses. I am not saying not to record history, I am saying to bury it in the old archives where it belongs and won't bother anyone. History is repeated because people remember old events. If people don't remember old events, they would grow and public opinion would gradually change. Who knows, maybe India and Pakistan would have united had history not been given its fake importance.
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Vote Placed by Ockham 9 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con gets the conduct points since Pro forfeited two rounds. Con also gets the points for convincing arguments since Con said that history isn't useful, Pro said that it can help us learn from past mistakes, Con responded that the mistakes it would help us correct are obvious, and then Pro dropped the point. This could have been a really interesting discussion if Pro hadn't left for whatever reason.
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