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Is history important? Show more Show less

By definition, the study of history is the study of the past. To many this is an important pursuit, as understanding the past could hold important lessons for the future - history repeats itself, after all. But to others, this is pointless, simply the memorization of irrelevant names and dates.

History is important Show more Show less

History is important to understanding both our past and our present.
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History helps us understand ourselves

By studying our cultural and ancestral history, we can gain an insight into ourselves.
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The Argument

Our cultural and ancestral history is a significant part of what makes us what and who we are. Cultural influences help shape our identities and give us a sense of belonging. Ancestral influences give us a legacy we can be proud of.[1] By learning about the history of our culture, it helps to create a sense of cultural identity; a group in which we belong. Our culture influences everything from what we believe to the way we dress and the foods we eat. Learning about our ancestors gives us an insight into why we are the way we are, both in genetics and mentality. Genetics and family medical history shape our personal health and can help predict what medical conditions we may face during our lives. What our ancestors believed and how they fit into society often reflects our own beliefs and place in society.

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