As a writer and teacher of history, I get a lot of people asking me about the relevance of the discipline. Why, they wonder, would somebody become an historian? ("I think it's interesting and all, but it doesn't seem very useful. Do you know what I mean?") It's a valid question, and one I've always welcomed answering. And I'm still fine with answering it, but if there's a computer/tablet/smartphone handy, I might just show the person "What is History for?" by the London-based School of Life. The amusing graphics underscore the message that "Good history should always mean history with solutions or consolations for today." Take four minutes and watch the clip above.