“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” Unknown
No man ever was disappointed, who hoped, and held on to hope despite mountains of difficulties, not because all dreams come true but because when they don’t, a new day day ushers in even better realities.
When Socrates and friends gathered in the house of Cephalus, an elderly and wealthy companion for discourse; they asked Cephalus how he bore his old age so gracefully. His reply: “for he who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.” To stimulate conversation however, Socrates and friends poked him further, asking him if his disposition was not because he possessed so much wealth; to this he revealed the secret to his innermost peace and calm – hope!
“But to him who is conscious of no sin, sweet hope, as Pindar charmingly says, is the kind nurse of his age:
‘Hope,’ he says, ‘cherishes the soul of him who lives in justice and holiness, and is the nurse of his age and the companion of his journey;—hope which is mightiest to sway the restless soul of man.”
It is no wonder that a great book such as Plato’s Republic was birthed in such a house, one full of hope. Let us likewise hold on to hope, courageously, despite all that goes on around us, marching forth to birth new and better republics.
The Amateur Philosopher