As I received this advice from an elder when I was young, so I will pass it along to you.
Learn History. Throughout time, humans have fell victim to many of the same traps. We believe that through technology, science and economics we will become immune to war, disease, and social division. So our forefathers believed, and it has led to ruin. Let us not share in their misery.
Think Historically. Learn about history, but do not focus on the data - the raw information. Facts are just the pieces, knowledge is comes from stringing those facts together into chains of events that shaped the past. Wisdom comes from understanding the lessons of the past and applying them to our own lives.