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.
Learning about history
Nowadays, people’s sense of value have been diverse, various opinion exist toward the topic statement that learning about the past has no value. As far as I am concerned, I strongly believe that learning about the past is valuable for those of us living in present. I have two reasons.
First and foremost, since people are tend to make mistakes, we can prevent having common mistakes by learning the past. Especially in novels, there are many universal mistakes which are definitely useful for us living in the present. For example, in “Genji Monogatari” which is a famous Japanese literature written a thousand years ago, many problems between men and women is written. Indeed, the structure of the society is extremely different from modern society, and the language is different from what we use; yet if you read the book, you would understand that the love affairs which suffer the character are common to us. I think to learn these human’s features are quite useful because people are tend to think their problem is unique to themselves, while in truth, it is completely ordinary and almost everyone is suffering from the same kind of problem. Learning about the past will prevent this misunderstandings.
Second, I think learning from the past is an unique and fundamental feature of human beings. What developed the human beings is the pile of knowledge which takes extremely long time to be made. For example, chemistry developed by learning about past things. If you have never heard about the concept of atom, you cannot even think about what composes atoms so that you will never understand why Hideki Yukawa, who proposed the theory of meson, received a Novel Prize. Learning about the past makes your view deepen and widen, and it is indispensable for us in order to invent new things.
In conclusion, I strongly convinces that learning about the past is very valuable for those of us living in present, for the reasons mentioned. First learning the history will tell you about common mistakes. Second, learning the past knowledge will broaden your views.
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