|And Yet, Holmes, 2007|
I find it a shame that we humans always seem to operate so myopically. Just think of how history could have unfolded if people actually worked together to cherish good ideas when they emerged instead of waiting (usually for a way to get rich) til all the right opportunities, like so many croquet wickets, are lined up for a straight shot!
Maybe you too sometimes feel like Leonardo, scrambling to write down all the ideas that come bursting out before they inevitably disappear like trees– one after another– around the bend of the river. A great idea may be cute but it is worthless without a home.
In the 70's I once stumbled upon the messy little garage of a guy in Idaho who had just invented a car that got 80 miles to the gallon! He was so excited to call Ford and be made fabulously wealthy! People like that tend to disappear. He was no doubt paid some paltry amount to shut him up and his invention was thrown onto the pile, never to be seen again because though his idea might have solved humanity's problem, the company doesn't look beyond its own immediate bottom line. The same story happens over and over. Is this really the best we humans can do? So far, sadly, yes.