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"if we know history we can change the future."

i find that to be a fallacy. for one, the future, by definition, has not happened yet. so how could it be changed? plus, we cannot possibly know history (at least not going back very far), we can only know the interpretations of it that have been written down or verbalized, by people with all kinds of agendas. i know many academics like to view their preferred history books as THE CORRECT ones, and ones that contradict their ideologies are dismissed as false or whatever.

i would find it much more meaningful to say: what we know of history might help us understand where we are now, and how we might choose to behave differently in our lives today/tomorrow. each of us has our own future, which we can - to some extent - create for ourselves. and where there is shared desire and affinity, we might try impacting a shared future.