Monday, 31 July 2017

MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN

Countdown nearly complete


...At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps... when we step out from the old to new, when an age ends... a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us.

Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future? ... the past is over and it is the future that beckons to us now. That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving...

This is no time for petty and destructive criticism, no time for ill will or blaming others. The appointed day has come... The past clings on to us still in some measure and we have to do much... Yet the turning point is past, and history begins anew for us, the history which we shall live and act and others will write about...We have hard work ahead...

(Jawaharlal Nehru, 14 August, 1947)

I chose  these words from Nehru's Tryst with Destiny, to mark the passing of the PAF, not because they are directly relevant, even heavily edited as they are here, but because they are fine ones (notwithstanding what we know from the wisdom of hindsight). 

What comes next will be the making of midnight's children, not just in Hungary but around the world...

Along with them, those new generations already emerging, users and providers, already well versed in confronting the  realities of new and fast-changing social contexts in divers countries around the world.

Perhaps this is as good a time as any to think increasingly of tip-toeing away and leaving them to their future, whatever that might be...

A terminological note

I have been cautioned that readers who read English as a foreign language may not immediately understand expressions like 'D minus one', 'D minus two' etc.

The English-language military term 'D-day', now a common usage, originated in the United States towards the end of the the First War and refers to the appointed day for commencing a major operation. The days leading up to such a big day are usually designated as 'D-3' 'D-2', 'D-1', etc. The actual time that the operation is scheduled to begin is designated as 'H-Hour' (led up to in its turn by 'H-3', 'H-2', H-1', etc.)

Other languages may have their own equivalents. The German, I think. is der Tag X. My favourite is the Indonesian, Hari-H.

In the present context the day for implementing the incorporation of the PAF (the András Pető College) into the Semmelweis Medical University is 1 August, tomorrow, presumably with effect from midnight tonight.

1 comment:

  1. I call this historical day 01.08.2017. simply M-Day which refers to the english word merge (into) as it is the day of assimilation (fusion), incorporation with SMU. So, Happy M-Day everyone 😂

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