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[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / E. Policies / 5. Education / d. Study of history]

Full Idea

We study history not to know the future but to widen our horizons, to understand that our present situation is neither natural nor inevitable, and the we consequently have many more possibilities before us than we can imagine.

Gist of Idea

History teaches us that the present was not inevitable, and shows us the possibilities


Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens: brief history of humankind [2014], 13 'Hindsight')

Book Reference

Harari,Yuval Noah: 'Sapiens: a brief history of Humankind' [Vintage 2014], p.269

A Reaction

On the whole winners forget history, and losers are branded through and through with it. If you don't know history, you can never understand the latter group.