The future: Promise, or threat?


Rather sweeping changes coming in Advanced Placement courses — World History, German and French for the coming year, Spanish and Latin for 2012-13, and probably Biology.  Changes for U.S. History (APUSH) got delayed however.

At AP’s website where teachers can look at the proposed changes, three quotes alternate on the first page, including one from our resident ghost, George Santayana:

We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past.

Promise?  Threat?  Meant to cheer, or strike fear and doubt?

Or is it  just a good line from Santayana in an ambiguous situation?

(You’ll find the quote here:  The Philosophy of George Santayana, Northwestern University Press, 1940, p. 560)

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2 Responses to The future: Promise, or threat?

  1. Girly says:

    That’s seems like a strange quote for the context if I’m not misunderstanding (and I probably am), but an interesting one.

    The quote seems something akin to living in the moment, understanding that this too shall pass and the like. Unless I just don’t get (and I probably don’t.)

    :-)

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  2. Bob Barton says:

    One thing for sure, it (the future) is coming for better or worse. Better be ready for it! Job 7:1
    [Is there] not an appointed time to man upon earth? [are not] his days also like the days of an hireling?

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