TOEFL Essay Topic 38 - Learning about the past has no value for those of us living in the present. Do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Every country, every nation, even every person has its own past, present and future. Events from our past reflect on
Every country, every nation, even every person has its own past, present and future. Events from our past reflect on our present. Events from our present will reflect on our future. Time-line is unbreakable. Therefore no one should live only for today isolated from the past or without any relation to the future.
Everyone of us is a member of society. Living without learning about our history is the same as building a house without foundations. Furhtermore, everyone is strongly-connected with his past even when he does not comprehend it thoroughly sometimes.
Our life is a result of a series of events from our past. Our success today is a consequence of hard work or some victory in the past. Our present failure is maybe a result of not taking our chances in time or not making the proper decision in the past. I truly believe that everyone makes his own destiny and fate has nothing in common wiht it.
In my opinion, learning about the past is of great importance to all of us. Even if we are completely devoured by our present existence we should look back in the past as carefully as we can. Thus we can avoid our previous mistakes or to find an easier way to success. In this case history is our best teacher. And if we learn the lessons of the past we will make progress much faster in the present.
We have made our history step by step and day by day. Those of us who live only in the present and only for today are like trees without roots-so easily `fragile` in a stormy day. The past is the base on which countries, nations and communities build their present. That is why I think learning about the past has really no value because learning about our history is invaluable.
So let`s take a look back to learn a little more about ourselves.