Friday, October 28, 2005

Today is tomorrow's ancient history

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.
- John Stuart Mill

At one point in human history, riding a horse to get from one place to another was an absurd dream. Today we study conditions on the surface of Mars and within our spacecraft to see that the environment of Mars will not be polluted when astronauts land there in a few years.

At one time, people were imprisoned or executed for saying that Earth is not the centre of the galazy, indeed the centre of the universe. Today we know that Earth is not the centre of anything except human-devised problems.
When I was a child, the farthest I could send a message to anyone was a letter to my parents from camp. Today I routinely exchange email and even voice messages with people from six continents. (No video yet because I don't want to stress their emotional limits.)

What you may think today is a foolish dream by an impractical good-for-nothing may be tomorrow's reality.

By discounting the dreams of others you discount your own credibility. Don't put down others because they have foresight you may lack.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help everyone turn their dreams into reality.
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