Indian Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

: 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 195--196

Hope for the future

Kalkunte R Suresh 
 Editor in Chief, IJVES Director – JIVAS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Kalkunte R Suresh
Editor in Chief, IJVES Director – JIVAS, Bengaluru, Karnataka

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Suresh KR. Hope for the future.Indian J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2021;8:195-196

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“Today when we face what is probably the greatest challenge history has ever known – today when millions of people are troubled, uncertain and confused – the rich deposits of inspiration preceding generations take a new and vital significance. There has never been a time when people were more desperately in need of faith and hope, of courage and peace of mind, of standards and ideals by which to live, and above all an abiding belief in future and progress of mankind! There has never been a time when the tried and tested philosophies of the past were more urgently needed to give perspective and understanding – to give people something to cling to, something on which build the strong, firm structure to build future of their lives.

From the Analects of Confucius and -the meditations of Marcus Aurelius, from the Ethics of Aristotle and the Confession of St. Augustine; from the Dialogues of Plato and Cicero's De Officiis; from sacred Bhagavad-Gita and the Upanishads, and from the Koran, Talmud, and Bible – from history, literature, biography, and scripture – have come the highlights of inspiring quotations with purpose, timely and provocative reading for these troubled times, guideposts to happier and more confident living – and to the inner peace and tranquility for which so many are searching, for future.“

If the readers think these are my words – that would be very flattering, but not be accurate. These are the scholarly words of LILLIAN EICHLER WATSON in introduction to her book, or rather an anthology of great philosophical quotes, “LIGHT FROM MANY LAMPS” published in 1951 and endowed to the troubled world after devastation of second world war!! How apt the words are today for the citizens across the globe ravaged by the invisible Nimbus! It is my intent share some of these quotes rather writing again about the virus. Many of the lines written below are rephrased from that book , interspersed with my thoughts.

It is indeed true in times of crisis as is today, people tend to lose faith in future. Many feel that today is the darkest and despairing times of human history. “The illusion that the times that were (before) are better than the times that are (today) has pervaded all ages,” said Horace Greeley. Six thousand years old Prisse Papyrus reflects this sentiment “Alas, times are not what they used to be“! But the world has always emerged stronger after a crisis “The great fact to remember is that the trend of civilization itself is forever forward. Progress is the law of nature; it moves in long waves, but not necessarily in straight line. Sometimes setbacks and reverses, dark periods of trial and confusion. Then there are supreme tests of courage, endurance, and resolve. But in the end, world corrects itself and moves on” – words of Dr. Endicott Peabody, Headmaster of Groton School, whose famed pupil Franklin Delano Roosevelt used these words during WWII as President of USA.

Most wars have progressed medical technology, patient care and Vascular Surgery was indeed born amongst the ruins of battles. The present torrid pandemic has unquestionably evolved the vaccine at an incredible speed and the knowledge gained will form foundation for future progress. The hope for the future, when we escape from this onslaught which we will, lies with scientists, doctors, nurses and healthcare/frontline workers. With courage, conviction, and commitment they will find ways to mitigate human sufferings, explore new vistas of healing and most importantly will lay down principles and invent armory to counter similar attacks in future on humanity. They will, in words of Oliver Wendel Holmes “… will search behind the present predicament to find its cause … attack the problem with courage and faith …. Look ahead, blaze new trials … plan and build for future“.

Philosophizing from past is important to look for better tomorrow. I will leave you with these thoughts from India's nightingale –

Nay, do not grieve tho' life full of sadness.

Dawn will not veil her splendor for your grief

Nor spring deny their bright, appointed beauty

To lotus blossom and Ashoka leaf

Nay, do not pine, tho' life be dark with trouble,

Time will not pause or tarry on his way;

Today that seems so long, so strange, so bitter

Will soon be some forgotten yesterday

Nay, do not weep; new hopes, new dreams, new faces,

The unspent joy of all the unborn years,

Will prove your heart a traitor to its sorrow,

And make your eyes unfaithful to their tears


Sarojini Naidu


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