Quest for the impossible is what
keeps us moving forward
November 7, 2008 | Why do we as humans always want
for that which we can't have? Where does this undying
need for the impossible come from? Is it media driven
or is it simply human nature? We all feel it whether
we realize it or not. That car, that house, that job,
or that person of the opposite sex . . . fantasies play
a large role in how every person conducts their lives.
These fantasies are driven by the want for the impossible.
I personally like women I can't have. Women, that
were it not for my oversized, writer's ego, wouldn't
even look twice, but yet I strive to enter into relationships
with women entirely out of my league. Upon closer examination
it is just exploration. The uncharted territory, the
new land, the unknown that mystifies us continues to
drive our race to pursue the impossible. Exploration
has always faced the impossible and through dedication
and ingenuity conquered it. We are not a helpless breed
and with the drive for the unreachable comes ingenuity
in many forms. The end usually justifies the means and
we do not let any improbabilities stop us. Because of
the results we are OK with this.
People, rational and conservative people, might ask
the question, "Why?"
Greatness has always looked to be impossible before
it was achieved. Exploration has provided the greatest
truths to mankind. Galileo risked his life to tell the
world that the earth revolved around the sun. He dared
to push the bar simply for human knowledge in an area
of science that at the time was contradicting Aristotle.
The poets did not write that his better angels were
shouted down, but that he risked everything to challenge
ideas deemed impossible to overturn. This was exploration
at its core. Greatness has always looked to be impossible
before it was achieved. The "Why?" is answered by three
simple words, "It's what's next."
It is human nature to want for the impossible and
the impossible we will have. It is what separates us
and advances the race. Courage, while oft hard to find,
is essential. Surpassing improbabilities is to be human.
"The broad masses of a population are more amenable
to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force."
(Mein Kampf) Let us not speak of turmoil in our economy,
let us speak of progress and education. The doomsayers
have not conquered us, only instilled doubt. When the
poets write of our generational footprint let them talk
of change, progress, and exploration as they wrote of