Posts Tagged ‘Brave New World’

People with No Vision

March 21, 2010

“If God had intended Man to fly, He would have given us wings.” A rather narrow sentiment spouted by many otherwise good and intelligent people over a century ago. It turns out God DID give us wings, we had only to stretch our imaginations a little further and build them.

Quite a few areas of human endeavor have encountered this same sentiment, as close-mindedness is not confined to any one field of endeavor.

I remember a computer mechanic years ago talking about the 64K ram in a computer. “No one is ever going to need more than 64K to write a program,” he stated with confidence. “That’s plenty of memory to create a program to do anything.”

What was sad is that at that same time, NASA was using programs much larger than 64K. Today, I don’t know of any program on the market that could be under 64K, but I could be wrong.

Our species makes its greatest strides when certain people can expand their vision – see outside the box – and spread their vision to others. But only certain others, as most people are going to be of the kind who express the negative, doubting sentiments. It’s not to say there’s anything wrong with those people as they usually have the same stability in other areas of their lives – and we need some very stable people, too.

Still, the thrill of discovery is good for invigorating the species.

Ignatz Verbotham once said, “If God had intended for Man to do anything but copulate, He would have given us brains!”

That might be a good catch-phrase for the intelligensia, but there’s a lot to be said for people who don’t crave the adventure of experiment and discovery. They are the solid people who keep the society working smoothly.

The darker side of this type of person is seen in the robotic masses of 1984 or Brave New World, but we should not forget that they are the ones who have kept the wheels of society going so that the inspired ones can do what they do. If there was no stable environment for one to develop their keen interests, there would be fewer and fewer leaps of the human imagination.

It is like the astrological sign Libra: these people are often seen as stuck-in-the-mud. But stability is the upside of the trait.

I don’t think we should institutionalize either extreme. We truly need both.