Do you ever wonder about things? I mean really deep things, not how they figured out how to do all the industrial, micro-electronical, medical, higher educational or other silly intellectual stuff. More important things - like what it’s all about? I find my mind going there from time to time and I think that there is inspiration in those moments. It is the realm of the hunch, the intuition, the bright idea and the hypothesis.
Where did things like language come from? Some one had to think of it. There must have been a seed that was nurtured by untold generations of peoples until we arrived at the array of language we have today. What about the other social institutions… their similarities and differences? Moments of inspiration punctuated by flashes of brilliance over and over again for millennia. And then carried on to the next generation.
Origins and destinations. Where have we been and where are we going? It’s fascinating and bewildering. Any one of us could have that next hunch… that idea that will enable us to peer into a world beyond our four dimensions. The intuitions that will enable travel at light speed or even be able to manipulate time. Maybe less ambitious goals may be realized, perhaps by building a source of cheap, clean and unlimited energy. Remember, it was just one simple, beautiful equation by a man named Einstein that unlocked so much of the development that we take for granted today.
It starts, I think, with wonder. We have a curiosity about us, an ingrained thirst for knowledge. It is present in the artist; it is present in the scientist. It’s in all of us and at times the amazement is too strong to ignore. Yet, I’m afraid that the older we become, the more jaded we become and the less mesmerized we’re left. It becomes more about the next dollar rather than the next discovery. Being right becomes more important than finding truth.
Stare at the night sky. Study the ocean waves. Feel the quiet of the forest and the solitude of the desert. There is so much more. Doesn’t it just make you wonder? Tell me it doesn’t leave you in awe.