- The past is a foundation on which the present and the future must rest.
- Traditions are the cultural heritage of a nation.
- It is our duty to honour these old traditions and work for newer and better ones which may be transmitted to posterity.
The past history of a nation is always an inspiration for further progress. It represents certain standards of achievement and perfection in which every individual should desire to excel. In the field of sports, of chivalry, of administration, of scholarship, and so on we find the past transmitting to the present some standards of achievement based on years of experience, in the past. To honour these standards as the highest points which our ancestors could reach is our duty. They represent in other words milestones in human progress. Our modern civilization is based on the strong structure of our traditions. We have to accept them because they have passed the test of ages.
We can question them privately in our own minds as students of civilization. But finally we shall arrive at the conclusion that most of them are inviolable.
Traditions are the cultural heritage of a nation:
They show us at a glance how far a country has gone in civilization. The prosperity and progress of every nation and individual depends upon the traditions which have been handed down to them during the ages. The country expects her nationals to live up to those standards of decorum and order which the past traditions enjoin.
This does not mean that we should always take advice from past traditions and let our own minds stagnate. The wisdom of the past in which these traditions grew up saves us from that preliminary spade work which every individual would have to do for himself if there were no books and no mothers to transmit it.
Having thus set our minds in motion we can scratch new surfaces and learn newer things. If they are a step higher they will stand by themselves whatever the world may say and replace obsolete things. But the wisdom of the ages is more reliable at the moment than a few untested and novel doctrines. If they are any good they will survive and in course of years become traditions for the generations to come. The uneducated person learns more from folklore or the traditions which have been handed down step by step than modern schools or colleges can teach him in years of labour.
If a nation shows signs of culture and awakening without any external stimulus we can honestly say that her traditional heritage is sound.