Mr. Hunter, one of my teachers at Country Day and one of the primary planners of this program, never fails to remind us all of the importance of history. He consistently urges us to delve beneath the surface of history, to ask the hard questions and demand the not always simple answers; moreover, this reminder essentially reiterates the importance of asking why as opposed to falling into the ease of memorizing lists of facts and dates. Like Mr. Hunter, I believe that without studying and learning from history, we would know nothing about the past, or why things happened, or even what may lie ahead in the future. The common saying "history repeats itself" holds true in many situations, so in order for civilizations to thrive and grow, it's imperative that we learn from the past so were are able to effectively "predict" it and/or prepare for it. In order for New Orleans to have a 'sustainable future', we must ask the same whys and demand the same complicated answers with hope to understand what really happened in the past, and most importantly, how we can prepare ourselves for a successful future. It's this progressive action, as opposed to passive idleness, that will differentiate those in New Orleans as people who "ask" instead of people who "memorize".