An Inside Story 18
EDISON’S light bulb had nothing to do with wax and wicks. He may have studied a candle at the start but the inspiration to put a filament inside a vacuum flask and heat it with electricity was completely new. It came to him in a flash. This little bit of inspiration solved a problem, taking away the darkness and lighting up our world.
When Fleming discovered penicillin, the solution literally flew in through the window. Penicillin is a type of mould that up until then, was thought to be a dirty residue of rotting or decaying matter. The last thing anyone would think then was that mould could heal – but it did and still does – it was inspirational and a new way of looking at medicine.
Trains, planes and automobiles were all inspired inventions. Our ancestors could have had no possible way of envisioning in their minds, such strange contraptions, for there was nothing on earth to compare them with.
Scientists are trying to build a spaceship to take us to Mars and other planets. Those plans are based on the past – propulsion provided by rockets and such. They have no way of ‘thinking’ up or picturing some completely new way of propulsion because they can only look at what they did in the past.
It’s a pretty good bet that in the near future, some scientist will have an inspiration, an out of the ball park vision of a completely new way to propel our astronauts into outer space. At the moment, there is no way that any of us can imagine what that way may be. It is something as yet new to our mind and needs inspiration, not thought to discover it.
Of course, once something new is invented or discovered, or a problem solved, it becomes part of the past, so next time we have a similar problem, we are hit with the same old dilemma – until we look at it also in a new way.
We can only think old. To solve our problems, we need to be inspired, to see our problems from another angle, completely and clearly, without the handicap of thought…
Dan’s Quote: “Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory
_____________of an act never experienced.”– Ned Rorem