Every fact of science was once damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Every artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly. The entire web of culture and ‘progress,’ everything on earth that is man-made and not given to us by nature, is the concrete manifestation of some man’s refusal to bow to Authority. We would own no more, know no more, and be no more than the first apelike hominids if it were not for the rebellious, the recalcitrant, and the intransigent. As Oscar Wilde truly said, ‘Disobedience was man’s Original Virtue.’”
― Robert Anton Wilson
When I saw today’s word, profound, I thought I might not be able to fulfill my quotes challenge and my Daily Post in the same posting. I typed into my computer, ‘quotes profound’. Success! The internet did not let me down. In fact, with the quote within the quote, I get two profound statements. Many people don’t have the time in their daily lives to wonder how we got from being stone age rock wielders to our comfortable high-tech world of today.
These are the type of statements made by philosophers, theologians, sages, and other long ball hitters. These statements are deeply layered keen insights into our human condition. Statements for people with a vision for what could be.
You hear people bemoan the plight of our youth, because they are immersed in their devises. Not long ago it was wondered why we would even need personal computers for our desks. When the television was invented people scoffed, because who would want to sit in front of that thing for hour a day. When the telephone was invented, the break down of society was predicted because people would no longer have a reason to leave their homes. When printing and books came into being, the powers that be were concerned about the subversive nature of materials like the Bible, which average people were not smart enough to understand on their own.
The immoral music of Prince, replaced the immoral music of the Beatles of my youth, replacing the immoral music of Elvis before that, and every new creation, back to and including the great classical music of today were immoral, subversive, or just plain weird.
This is true of every endeavor of humankind, yet we just don’t stop. On a personal note, Hubby knew the man who invented the blood pressure device you see in drug stores. I thought, no, people aren’t going to do that. We did not invest. My bad. We could be rich, instead, we maintained the status quo.
Now I hope you will continue to read about the 3 day Quote Challenge, and visit the bloggers I have nominated. Or you could just be happy with the status quo and stop here.
I am participating in this challenge upon the invitation of Bee Organized with Pamela, with her cheerful and welcoming writing voice she welcomes us into her home and gives us tips to get organized, along with some other pieces of inspiration. You will enjoy your visit. I had a rough start on this challenge, but figured out how it was supposed to work. I apologize to my nominees for any confusion I may have caused.
According to the rules, I nominate three bloggers to participate. It is a joy to share their blogs with you. I hope you will enjoy their blogs as much as I do.
spanishwoods, a wonderful photographer, poet and essayist. Always a joy.
Monique at DiviNation, a beautifully artistic person. You will enjoy her postings.
Covert Novelist, Phyllis, is a writer, reviewer, and fun person. Enjoy.