Hope, not despair

Formerly when civilisations were destroyed in one or more continents, in other regions they survived and the accumulated knowledge of the past enabled our brethren to save the future of the race. The contemporary situation is pregnant with great possibilities, immense dangers or immeasurable rewards. The mind is vacillating between vague apocalyptic fears and deep mystical yearnings

Scientific Temper~II 

Indian society, with regional variations, has always been very conservative and superstitious, and the mind-set has hardly changed in spite of reform movements in the nineteenth and twentieth century. The average Indian's consciousness is largely clouded by obtrusive superstitions and prejudices