Past in Perspective

2016-11-26T22:23:12+05:00

“Because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms,

the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

–Theodore Roosevelt

Roosevelt, in his bid for the presidency, won through a landslide victory against Herbert Hoover, his policies focusing mainly on the eradication of the Great Depression and his ‘New Deal’ project. What set Roosevelt very prominently apart was his commitment to the completion of a task or to the achievement of certain ends. He added a relentless tenacity to that pursuit and this very factor enabled him to enjoy the formidability of the challenge, to be daring enough to defy the odds stacked against him. This is exactly what Hillary Clinton did, as said by her, it was not an easy challenge but it was still worth it and she may as well have set a definitive precedent for a future woman president sooner rather than later. This ability to ‘fail while daring greatly’ should perhaps be emulated by our Imran Khan who most certain will get a chance but the real question is will he be fully prepared for that chance when the time comes.

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