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.

                                               Bijan

There 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.”

For 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.

Nevertheless, 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.

But 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!”

The 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.

In 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.

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Lillian Eichler Watson

  • We are just at the beginning of progress in every field of human endeavor.

Charles F. Kettering 

  • We are reading the first verse of the chapter of a book whose pages are infinite.

Author unknown 

  • If there exists a good and wise God, then there also exists a progress of mankind toward perfection.

Plato 

  • This time, like all other times is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson 

  • We who now live are parts of a humanity that extends into the remote past, a humanity that has interacted with nature. The things in civilization we mot prize are not ourselves. They exist by grace of the doings and sufferings of the continuous human community in which we are a link. Ours is the responsibility of conserving, transmitting, rectifying, and expanding the heritage of values we have received that those who come after us may receive it more solid and more secure, more widely accessible, and more generously shared than we have received it.

John Dewey 

  • We are marching along the endless pathway of unrealized possibilities of human growth.

Francis W. Parker 

  • If we have the courage to lift our eyes above the agony of the moment, we may see a world in which the forces of applied science and the diffusion of knowledge offer to all men and nations a plane of living, a freedom and richness of spiritual, cultural, and economic attainment that can scarcely be imagined at the present moment.

James T. Shotwell 

  • Never before in the history of the world has life been so eminently worth living, and never before so thrilling. The morning newspaper and the monthly magazine are a veritable storehouse of challenges and stimuli. Never before has the opportunity for living life at a high conscious and intellectual level been so apparent. Never before have there been so many profoundly important causes crying for intelligent social co-operation from adult men and women. Never before has the challenge of living fully been so clear. You can hardly name a sphere of human activity, be it commerce or medicine, politics of philosophy, in which old values are not tumbling, in which there is not a cry for leaders and for soldiers in a good cause.

W. Beran Wolfe 

  • We are members of a world team, he reported to the nation. We are partners in a grand adventure. We are offered the most challenging opportunity of all history: the chance to help create a new society in which men and women the world around can live and grow invigorated by independence and freedom. …Our thinking must be worldwide. …There can be no peace for any part of the world unless the foundations of peace are made secure throughout all parts of the world unless the foundations of peace are made secure throughout all parts of the world.

Wendell Willkie 

  • I am a citizen, not of Athens or Greece, but of the world.

Socrates 

  • God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: “This is my country!”

Benjamin Franklin 

  • In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

    The first is freedom of speech and expression-everywhere in the world.

    The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way-everywhere in the world.

    The third is freedom from want-which, translated into world terms, means economic understanding which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants-everywhere in the world.

    The fourth is freedom from fear-which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit as act of physical aggression against any neighbor-anywhere in the world.

Franklin D. Roosevelt 

  • Beyond the vision of battling races and an impoverished earth, I catch a dreaming glimpse of peace.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

  • I believe without a shadow of doubt that science and peace will finally triumph over ignorance and war, and that the nations of the earth will ultimately agree not to destroy but to build up.

Louis Pasteur

  • The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.

Franklin D. Roosevelt