Monday, January 23, 2012

Reaching The Star

If you have built your castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.

Thoreau
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Hello Mark
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Every great achievement of the human being has begun with a dream, a magical day dream, an impossible dream, a castle in the air, a "pie in the sky." And along with the dream sometimes comes hope. The unfortunate thing is that often it stops with hope, with a big maybe, but with the depressing idea that whatever it is isn't possible, so forget it.

When all the blather, bluster, ideologies and idiocies have passed into history and basically forgotten, what will be known to be the really important description of the 20th Century? I think it will be space travel. In the last hundred years we have witnessed the emergence of aircraft as the most popular form of transportation for long trips in short periods of time. And the hundred years were topped off by space travel, men and women flying into outer space, and living there. The International Space Station - the castle in the sky, as Thoreau put it.

We have seen men walking on the moon. It was an impossible dream for many centuries. That is something, I think, should be considered and never forgotten about. How many millions of people. for thousands of years, have stared up at the moon and wondered what it would be like to be there. All of it was accomplished by those with the intelligence and imagination to build the foundations under it. Many said it was impossible for man to go to the moon. If we can walk on the moon we can walk on other planets. Anything is possible to the one who, like Don Quixote, puts his armor on, takes his spear, saddles up and chases after the star.


To dream the impossible dream ...
To fight the unbeatable foe ...
To bear with unbearable sorrow ...
To run where the brave dare not go ...
To right the unrightable wrong ...
To love pure and chaste from afar ...
To try when your arms are too weary ...
To reach the unreachable star ...
(Joe Darion)

There are hundreds of reasons why a thing can't be done. There is one good one for why it can, and that's the doing of it. Someone once said "Imagination is intelligence having fun." No matter how difficult and sorrowing it is, no matter how hostile the territory, no matter how long it takes, don't fold your dream up and tuck it into the bureau drawer. Leave it lying around, underfoot, in your way. And sooner or later your imagination will grab onto the right foundations to make it be. The impossible dream is yours, so is the unreachable star.

Dana Bate - The Vagabond
Never Give Up
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3 comments:

Jon said...

"Imagination is intelligence having fun". I've never heard that quote before, but it's fantastic.

pacifica62 said...

An "impossible" dream also has to be a reasonable age appropriate dream if there ever is any hope of it being fulfilled. Perhaps that is why some of our dreams change through life but I absolutely agree that we all need to have our dreams. AS far as space travel goes, I love to look up at the night sky, but have never wanted to board a space ship to go and visit. I do not like heights and it would be a long ways to fall down.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

It is important for all of us to have a dream.