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.

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May 19, 2012 11:28 essay TOEFL Japanese English
I disagree wholeheartedly that learning about the past has no value for those of us living in the present. In fact, the definition of learning includes the idea of an accumulation of experiences from the past. learning can only take place if we make an association betweenthings that have happened in the past or between something in the past and something that we predict will happen in the future. All knowledge that we acquire as we grow is from the past-language, customs knowlede in other to avoid the constraint conformity, the vast majority of knowledge that we learn is a huge boost-imagine if each of us had to discover by ourselves that 2 + 2 = 4! So, in a very real sense, all learning depends on past events.
We are only able to live in this world with our current standard of living because we have learned from the past. We receive knowledge from the past and we are able to use it and improve it. We examine our actions in the past and we make judgments about what was right and what was the great mistakes all over the world has been depriving women and the disempowered classes status in socity and many industrized and developing countries all over the world are attempting to avoid such mistakes both in the present and in the future.

Furthermore, all of knowledge that we have today is aresult of all the work of our predecessors. The ancient Greeks developed geometry, which helped other European scients analyze the solar system, which in turn gave us a new understanding of our place in the universe. The great majorty of technology today depends directly on several thousands of years of work of past thinkers. To ignore the knowledge of the past would be to throw away five thousand years of history and experience.

There is, however, some seemingly small, but important value to ignoring the past. It is often the case that history or tradition has the effect of constraing our thought inthe present and many important philosophical and scientific breakthoughs have only been possible as a direct result of ignoring the past. The past, in asense, can blind us to the truth, we can become bound by trandition. For example, at one time, leading thinkers in Europe thought that the Earth was at the center of the universe and those who disagreed were persecuted as heretics, even Copernicus, who we now know was correct about his heliocentric model of the Solar System/ However, scientists were eventually able to break from the past and accept the new model of the universe.

Inshort, learning from and analyzing the past has enormaous value for us and life as we know it on Earth today would not be possible without the benefit of thousands of years of history and accumulated knowledge. it is important, however, to ignore the past so that we can make a step forward, and such free thinking should be encouraged, although not at the expense of past knowledege. Learning from the past os something like learning from our parents-in most cases, their past helps us have a better future, but there are times when we need to make a break from the past and make a bold step into an unknown future.
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