Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Saturday, March 25, 2006

The Fire of Genesis in Every Heart

A few weeks ago, I boarded a wide body jet and flew across the Atlantic ocean from Miami to Paris. During that nine hour flight, I and several hundred others were served two hot meals and watched two movies. While it is a commonplace event today, I recalled that the machine I was sitting in was designed by a couple of bicycle mechanics in their garage in Ohio less than a century before. Their single stroke of genius made more of an impact on mankind than any other in the last century.

We take their story of granted, but it is amazing one indeed. At the moment of their discovery, there was a fevered struggle all over the planet to do what they did. It involved whole nations and universities pouring out all mankind’s genius searching for that single discovery. The ones who found it were not only the least likely, but they worked with resources gleaned from their day-jobs as bicycle repairmen. While US Government sponsored Professor Langley was sputtering about in the Potomac, the Wrights were getting the job done.

In the end, discovery, invention and genius is not all about big money, big universities, big government or big bureaucracies. It is about big ideas carried about in the minds of everyday people. The fire of the individual heart when blended with the kernel of genius in every mind is a dangerous thing. When slammed together under just the right conditions, the very fires of genesis are released into the world, and no one, no established institution or no society will ever be the same.