History provides us with a sense of identity. People need to develop a sense of their collective past. Events in the past have made us what we are today. History prepares us to live more humanely in the present and to meet the challenges of the future because it provides us with understanding of the human condition.
Because history gives us the tools to analyze and explain problems in the past, it positions us to see patterns that might otherwise be invisible in the present – thus providing a crucial perspective for understanding (and solving!) current and future problems.