"We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other." - Lewis Thomas

Friday, August 19, 2011


So I have not written much in a while but I was awe-struck by the ferry boats and the airplanes which surround me on my little island world. The cars, trucks, motorcycles - windows, doors with hinges. I found the fascinating wonders of our ingenuity and imagination. So I decided to share it in the best way I know how...

Human Ingenuity and its Imagination

The greatest feat of humanity is not our adaptability nor our compassion and our ability to feel for one another but our ingenuity. It is our ability to over come all physical and metaphysical obstacles which sets us apart. Ingenuity has brought our parasitic plague across this planet and allowed us to expand through eons. It is this feat which has allowed our imagination to soar and move past the constraints of our physical world.

Ingenuity has allowed the human race to move across the oceans when we wanted to cross them; it allowed us to touch the clouds when we wanted to fly. When man first came in contact with the great blue sea, and first man built a floatation device to attempt to cross the ocean I am sure that those around believed him crazy. He ignored them and decide to explore those off in the horizon, which would expand their world. I am as sure as that as I am as when man first set its sight on the moon and the vast nothingness beyond our planet. They would say that the God(s) would be angry an smite him down.

When he did not return from his voyage within a few hours. I am sure they decided to follow in order to discover the fate of the man who was simply exploring the new found land with a childish awe. It would be the same with every new advancement of technology and ingenious contraptions which allow the human race to move past its natural constraints. It is this necessity for exploration, adventure and to progress across the matter present to us that brings me stand amazed a the simplest of inventions.

Just as man decided to cross the oceans, to explore the skies and the planets, we built more simple objects such as a door hinge. It sounds silly, but when the human race desires something it is our power of imagination and ingenuity that allowed us to create a way to give one another privacy with the ability to move in between rooms.

It just seems that we toss aside all that is amazing about ourselves. The imagination and the ever growing, ever evolving technology that is present in our world today. When we need, as a species (albeit parasitic and destruction existence), something we have the power within our mind to create it and design it. Not only this, we have the power within any one of us to design a more efficient and build upon the design of others. It is this ability that helps to solidify our need for social constructs and social influences.

Human ingenuity is all around us. It goes unnoticed amongst the average population. My own cynicism towards the human race ceases when I take the time to notice and look at the world in which we have created. It is fascinating to see the power of the human imagination our power to bring our imagination into a reality.

"In the world around us there are small fountains of inspiration which we all must drink from. It is the artist which describes it, the scientist which wonders about it, the layperson which believes it, the child which understand it but it is within all of us that feels it. That drawing and unrelenting feeling that life is bound by its beauty, no matter what follows after it." - Authors note 19

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