Saturday, February 16, 2013

Extraordinary Discourse 108

More Of The Different

Following our path
is in effect a kind
of going off
the path, through
open country.
David Whyte

Here's some interesting info to go with the inspiring words about Samuel Pierpont Langley and the Wright Bros:

When Wilbur Wright was asked, in 1905, what the purpose of his machine might be, he answered simply, “War”. As soon as they were confident that the technology worked, the brothers approached the war offices of several nations, hoping to sell their patent to the highest bidder. The US government bought it for $30,000, and started test bombing in 1910. The aeroplane was conceived, designed, tested, developed and sold, in other words, not as a vehicle for tourism, but as an instrument of destruction.
George Monbiot