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Published on: 15 Nov 2018
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The pie charts below give data on the spending and consumption of resources by countries of the world and how the population is distributed.
Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
You should write at least 150 words.
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Some people believe that we cannot learn anything from the past for our life today, while others believe that history is a valuable source of information to understand human's life.
Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
You should write at least 250 words.
The given pie charts show data on world population, the spending of people in basic needs and their share of resource consumption. As is presented in the graph, people of the world spent most of their amount for their foods and more than half of the population lives in Asia whereas more than half of the resources are consumed by the USA and European people.
According to the first pie chart, people of the world on an average spent 24% on foods. In clothing, they spent 6% while this percentage is double for housing and triple for the transport. The remaining 40% is the combination of other categories for spending. The second pie chart shows that more than half of the world populations live in Asia continent while Europe & America have both only 14% of the total population. One-tenth of the world population lives in Africa and rest of the 5% people live in other places of the world. Finally, the third pie chart shows that though that 60% of world resources are consumed by the population of USA and Europe though their percentage is only 28% in total. The remaining 40% resources are shared among the rest of the 72% world population of other regions of the world.
Many suppose that it is not worth studying history because of its uselessness, others think that the past plays an important role in providing knowledge for humans. In my opinion, I support the second claim due to many values it can bring to us.
To begin with, there are several reasons why history is no longer relevant for people to study. The first one is that history already happened, which we could not change or modify. For instance, students often have to memorise events, numbers and names related to thousands of years ago. They therefore could gain nothing which is suitable to apply in today’s world. Another reason is that when people put effort into studying those outdated things, they would have less time to prepare for future plans. While the past is outside of their controls, future is what individuals need to focus on in order to make it occur in a better way. Thus, it seems to be a waste of time to learn history.
However, I believe the importance of learning from the past cannot be denied. Firstly, looking back into it allows us to have better understanding of our mistakes so that we can avoid making those errors later on. If people do not know why they did it wrong and what aspects need to be improved, they will more likely to make same mistakes right next time when they face it. Secondly, the valuable experience and wisdom of ancestors give us priceless lessons which never stop being true even in this modern world. For example, we learned from Thomas Edison, one of the greatest inventors ever is that hard work and persistence are two most crucial factors leading to success. He had conducted thousands of experiments failed in many years before creating the first electronic light bulb, which positively did change the whole world.
In conclusion, while some individuals consider studying history do not provide us with any useful knowledge, I would argue that it is definitely a precious source of information.