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There is more to history than knowing past times and dates. The study of history is not only useful but rather indispensable; however, the actual product of studying historic events is far less tangible or perceivable than other fields of study.

To answer the question, we can amongst other things say that it is because it allows us to understand the roadmap of human experiences throughout the centuries. As this involves our biological and societal evolution as a species, interpreting our history is essential for better comprehending both individual human identities and the transformation of civilization over time.

The past causes the present, and so the future. Only through the study of history can we understand how things transform and analyze the factors that cause change, or otherwise what characters of a system or society endure regardless of such alterations.

History is something that has happened and is evidential. If we look deep enough, there is bound to be precedence for practically every decision our community makes. By learning these facts, we can (and must) learn how to progress and advance as a species, enabling us to not make past mistakes again. This forms a prime example for why history is indispensable to a healthy society. By having the tools provided by history we can evaluate and point out the challenges faced in the past, giving us the opportunity to see models that would otherwise be invisible in the present – in return presenting a crucial perspective for explaining and remedying current and future challenges.

By studying the past, it allows us to grasp how different our own experience is from that of our ancestors, and yet how similar we are in our goals and values.

We as a human society are fully aware that the burdens and gifts of the past are still with us. Nevertheless, it would be a great danger to live without history. Without a historical viewpoint, humanity becomes in danger of sliding into the assumption and candid impression that the situations we face and the solutions we propose are unprecedented – and that they bear no relationship to the problems of the past.

As told by Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli: “Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus necessarily have the same results.”