Hope for the Future
You dare not to loose hope then it would be the end! What you see as that stream going to dry out in its path is a current lost from its main track just to return into it in drops of rain and sure it would finally find its way to the sea.
has never been an age that did not applaud the past and lament the
present. “The illusion that times that were are better than times that
are has probably pervaded all the ages,” said Horace Greely. The Prisse
Papyrus, dating back six thousands years or more-the oldest bit of
known writing in existence-starts off with these startling familiar word:
“Alas, times are not what they used to be!” And in one way or another
people have been saying that same thing in all the centuries since. “but
no man who is correctly informed as to the past,” says Thomas Macaulay,
“will be disposed to take a morose or despondent view of the present.”
in the long panorama of the man’s progress through the centuries, the
trend has been upward, always upward. The way has not been smooth or
straight; it has been broken periodically by failures and mistakes, by
crushing setbacks and catastrophes, by dark periods of war and depression.
But always, irresistibly, the element of progress has been at work.
Always, after every great struggle or disaster, has come a new dawn, a
rebirth of life and spirit; the powerful surge of progress carrying man
onward and upward again.
in times of crisis people tend to lose faith in the future. Today, too,
there are many who feel we have reached the end of progress, perhaps the
end of civilization. They are many who feel the future holds only darkness
and despair. It is true, of coarse, that we are faced today with some of
the most difficult and trying problems the nation has ever known. It is
true that the recent past does not encourage confidence or peace of mind.
With half the world in ruins, with millions of people worried and
confused, haunted by the specter of atomic war, it is difficult to believe
that there is an element of progress at work.
we have come through serious crisis before …we cannot escape history. We
can learn much from the lessons of history. We can gain strength and
courage and understanding from the past, to help us meet the challenge of
our own times. “If we but learn the lessons that shriek from the pages
of history,” said Bernard Baruch, “there is no handicap that can not
be overcome by will power, patience, and application!”
ever-recurring evidence of history is that no time is as bad as it seems. This
time, like all other times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do
with it. Emerson’s inspiring words are as true today as they ever
were. The frontiers are never closed; the limits of progress are never
reached. The future will be what we ourselves make it.
the opinion of those best qualified to judge, the world is indeed far from
“doomed.” They tell us, in fact, in spite of the problems and the
chaos of the hour, the future is bright with promise.
Charles F. Kettering
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Francis W. Parker
James T. Shotwell
W. Beran Wolfe
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Franklin D. Roosevelt