Pandora, the first mortal woman, received from Zeus a box that she was forbidden to open. The box contained all human blessings and all human curses. Temptation overcame restraint, and Pandora opened it. In a moment, all curses were released into the world, and all blessings escaped and were lost — except one: hope. Without hope, mortals could not endure.
–“The Anatomy of Hope” by Jerome Groopman, M.D.