History and its Usefullness

I just started reading “An End To Suffering” by Pankaj Mishra. I’ve always been interested in Buddism and this book follows “the Budda’s life and his influence throught history.”

The opening quote of the book struck me and I just want to share it.

We need history, certainly, but we need it for reasons different from those for which the idler in the garden of knowledge needs it, even though he may look nobly down on our rough and charmless needs and requirements. We need it, that is to say, for the sake of life and action.

– Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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