Horse

The great Henry Ford once said, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.”  That concept is difficult for us to understand in a world that has never not known automobiles.  But we read about a world (there may even be a few souls left who remember one) in which the quality of your horse or horses determined the quality of your journey.  Knowing a better way now, it seems silly to yearn for yesteryear.

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Know

Mathematician David Hilbert had inscribed on his tombstone, “Wir mussen wissen. Wir warden wissen.”  He was German, in case you thought this was going to be a note about typographical errors made in granite.

“We must know.  We will know.”  That’s the translation, and a powerful commentary on mankind’s need — mandate, even — to advance the boundaries of knowledge. 

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Knowledge

Alton Brown is one of my favorite television celebrities, back from when I actually watched television.  I heard him talk one time about he and his young daughter watching the Mythbusters guys blow things up on their show, after which she turned to him and said, with attitude, “So, what did you do on your show today?”  Apparently, “Cutthroat Kitchen” wasn’t quite literal enough for the young lady.

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