The Discovery Of Hope

I was reading the book “The Discovery of India” by Jawaharlal Nehru, the following lines struck me real hard and compelled me to share it with all of you. I think If we apply these lines to the grief-stricken community of Quetta, It can actually become a ray of hope for the people. Now read the following passage and tell me what are your ideas.

“How amazing is this spirit of man! In spite of innumerable failings, man, throughout the ages, has sacrificed his life and all he held dear for an ideal, for truth, for faith, for country and honor. That ideal may change, but the capacity for self sacrifice continues, and, because of that, much may be forgiven to man, and it is impossible to lose hope for him. In the midst of disaster, he has not lost his dignity or his faith in the values he cherished. Plaything of nature’s mighty forces, less than a speck of a dust in the universe, he has hurled defiance at the elemental powers, and with his mind, cradle of revolution, sought to master them. Whatever Gods there be, there is something godlike in man, as there is also something of the devil in him.

The future is dark, uncertain. But we can see part of the way leading to it and can tread it with firm steps, remembering that nothing that can happen is likely to overcome the spirit of man which has survived so many perils; remembering also that life, for all its ills, has joy and beauty, and that we can always wander; if we know how to, in the enchanted woods of nature.

‘What else is wisdom? What of man’s endeavour

Or God’s high grace, so lovely and so great?

To stand from fear set free, to breathe and wait;

To hold a hand uplifted over Hate;

And shall not Loveliness be loved for ever?’

(Chorus from ‘ The Bacchae of Euripides. Gilbert Murray’s translation.)”

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