MANHOOD OF HUMANITY
IN a previous chapter I have said that the World War marks the end of one vast period in the life of humankind and marks the beginning of another. It marks the end of Humanity's Childhood and the beginning of Humanity's Manhood.
Our human Past is a mighty fact of our world. Many facts are unstable, impermanent, and evanescent--they are here to-day, and to-morrow they are gone. Not so with the great fact of our human Past. Our past abides.
"It is permanent. It can be counted on. It is nearly eternal as the race of man. Out of that past we have come. Into it we are constantly returning. Meanwhile, it is of the utmost importance to our lives. It contains the roots of all we are, and of all we have of wisdom, of science, of philosophy, of art, of jurisprudence, of customs and institutions. It contains the record or ruins of all the experiments that man has made during a quarter or a half million years in the art of living in this world." ( Keyser, Human Worth of Riqorous Thinking.)
In our relation to the past there are three wideopen ways in which one may be a fool. One of the ways is the way of ignoring the past--the way of