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In order to predict the future in the light of the present, a study and philosophical evaluation of the past are most essential. Prom the struggles of peoples of the past, one gains a background of strength, inspiration, and courage. When one understands their struggles to success, there arises encouragement to make the best of our lives. An abundant knowledge of those who lived before us, their faults, virtues, and vices, and even how they sustained themselves In the midst of defeat, should help us to avoid the same kind of mistakes in our own way of living. Thomas says that "we study the past so that we may understand the present and predict the future. Therefore, we are interested principally In those things In the past which have most influenced the present." Thomas further says, "we can not be entirely certain about many of the facts of the histories and even less certain about the results of these facts. We should study history with an open mind, always weighing evidence and always willing to accept new evidence."1 It is sometimes discouraging to experience inconveniences of our transportation systems, but one can realize that they are not so inconvenient when he takes time to adjust himself to a retrospective view of the past transportation systems. In fact, after knowing the history of the past, one will be better able to appreciate the present.


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