Why to study history?
As a kid, I asked my teacher one day, “Why do we study history madam?”
“To not repeat the mistakes that our ancestors made”, she told me.
Though I was not satisfied with her answer, but I am still unable to understand why this dialogue had left a never lasting impression on my mind.
If it is about avoiding mistakes of the past, what about those never made? This is getting funny, but we will make new mistakes which will eventually become a part of history, getting avoided by the future generations, who in turn will make new ones, and this process will carry on till all possible mistakes made are mutually exclusive.
I know this makes little sense, maybe my inquisitiveness is playing with my brain.
What according to you guys is the reason behind people studying history? Is it just because they are keen to do so? Or is there something else too? Please share your opinions in the comments section ? — at Agra Fort