Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Mans' technology of present & future were foreseen by 2 Britons : H.G.Wells and Sir James Jeans , but Canada's K.D.Lang reminds us of our humanity
I watched the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Olympics and I was awestruck by the technology. It reminded me of the words H.G.Wells wrote, probably 70 years ago :
'It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.
It is possible to believe that all that the human mind has accomplished is but the dream before the awakening; out of our lineage, minds will spring that will reach back to us in our littleness to know us better than we know ourselves.
A day will come, one day in the unending succession of days, when beings, beings who are now latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins, shall stand upon this earth as one stands upon a footstool, and shall laugh and reach out their hands amidst the stars.'
Also the words of Sir James Jeans in 1928 : 'Humanity is at the very beginning of its existence—a new-born babe, with all the unexplored potentialities of babyhood; and until the last few moments its interest has been centred, absolutely and exclusively, on its cradle and feeding bottle.'
Returning to the 'Opening of the Vancouver Olympics', it wasn't the awesome technolgy which brought a tear to my eye, but K.D.Lang's soulful rendition of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'.