Man's Rough Road: Backgrounds and Bearings from Mankind's Experience

Man's Rough Road: Backgrounds and Bearings from Mankind's Experience

Man's Rough Road: Backgrounds and Bearings from Mankind's Experience

Man's Rough Road: Backgrounds and Bearings from Mankind's Experience

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There can be much profit to mankind from the experience of traversing a rough country. Not many varieties of rut and washout lie ahead on the trail that have not been encountered from the very outset. Backgrounds, seen with clear eye and appraised with sense, give bearings for the leagues to come. The past is not dead, but only foolishly forgotten or lightmindedly ignored; it is present in all that is today or will be tomorrow, living on in the present and future as men long dead survive in the bodies and traits of their descendants. The experience of the past is the only trustworthy guide to the present; and if it can offer us no leading into the future, then we are indeed undone.

"What is has been. What will be is no more than a forgotten year striking backward. Be still while I count those my years."

This book offers some small account of how mankind have forged ahead over the back-reaches of a long road, meeting soul-searching situations and somehow surmounting or circumventing them. In view of the race's experience, there is as little excuse for faint-heartedly falling out by the wayside as for expecting to realize utopias at the end of the day's march.

A. G. K.

New Haven, Connecticut, March 7, 1932.

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