Hope: Key interview

Testing, Testing 123

Theatres are empty. But how unsafe is it really to stand in a full theatre or concert hall? No one has data. National experts in the Netherlands are now going to test it with live audiences. In the hope that something can be done soon. Nyassa Alberta talks to CEO Arthur de Bok and Pieter Lubberts of Fieldlab.

Elpis, Goddess of Hope

According to Greek mythology, the god of fire named Hephaestus made the first woman, Pandora, in his workshop. At first it was a metal statue, but it was so beautiful that Zeus decided to give her life. Then all the gods in turn gave her a gift: beauty, strength, cleverness, dexterity, persuasion. Hera gave her the curiosity that would never leave her alone. Zeus sent Pandora as a gift to Epimetheus who made her his wife. As a wedding present they received a beautiful box decorated with gold and gemstones. This box was locked, but Zeus had given the key and told Pandora that if they wanted to live happily, they should never open the box.

At one point, curiosity won and Pandora opened the box. In one fell swoop, there were all the setbacks and disasters that could affect a person: illnesses, bitterness, pain, and all possible evil. When Pandora discovered this, she slammed the box again in hock, but it was too late, leaving only Hope behind.

“It was too late, leaving only hope behind”

As Hope remained in the box mankind knew there was always a chance of salvation. When it would get too bad, they only needed to open the box. Hope was the message of comfort to mankind. In ancient Greece, she was known as Elpis. In ancient Rome she was called Spes or Ultima Dea, literally the last Goddess standing, to emphasize she would be the last hope for mankind.