To many, studying history is an important pursuit, as understanding the past could hold important lessons for the future. But to others, this is pointless memorization of irrelevant names and dates. The debate persists: are those who don't learn from history doomed to repeat it?
People today need to focus on the present and plan for the future. Studying history is a distraction from that. In today's fast-paced environment, living in the present demands that we spend our time in the present, and not have our heads in the clouds of the past.
History helps us to understand the present because it gives us an insight into cultural and economic influences on today's world. By studying the trends and outcomes of historical events, it can help inform decisions or prevent mistakes from being repeated in the present.
[P1] History has no use in our daily lives.
[P2] History does not contribute towards moving forward--only backwards.
Rejecting the premises
[Rejecting P1] History informs and influences our society, which has a direct impact on our daily lives.
[Rejecting P2] Wisdom from the past can help us shape our future.