The Future will be Different

Wright Brother's FlyerTimothy Wilken, MD
writes:It’s early in the 1900’s along the East Coast of America and two
young brothers are traveling to their secluded laboratory in an open
motor car. They have recently invented a new vehicle of transport. With
them is a wealthy railroad man, one of the many potential investors to
whom they’ve pitched their invention. The three men talk as they drive
along. Hoping to influence the potential investor, the taller brother
predicts the impact of their newly invented vehicle on society, “Our
invention, will change the way humans travel in this world. We will go
faster, farther, and quicker than ever before. And, people will use our
vehicle to go all over the world. Someday, you will travel to London in
a just a few hours.” “Yes,” added the younger brother, “and travel
won’t be expensive either. Our invention is highly efficient, with very
little mechanical friction compared to all other methods of transport.”By the time they arrive at the laboratory, the railroad man seems
friendly if not a little skeptical of their project. Within a few
minutes the vehicle was ready for a demonstration. They seated the
railroad man comfortably in the center of the vehicle and took up their
operating positions near the front. Soon the motor was warmed up and
running hard. The vehicle vibrated considerably and was also quite
noisy. There were two long spinning devices that made it frightfully
windy. The potential investor began to wonder to himself. “How could
this device be any real improvement over the train or the motorcar?”Then the vehicle began to slide along the ground on what appeared to
the investor to be some type of track. Suddenly, the ride improved, the
sound from the track was gone. “Oh,” thought the railroad man, “this is
much nicer than I thought.” Not even his best railcars rode this
smoothly. And then ,for the first time, the railroad man realized they
were rising into the air. Panic replaced curiosity, and soon his
screams drowned out even the sound of the motors. The younger of the
inventors, noticing the investor’s distress, signaled his brother to
get back on the ground right away. Later, safe on the ground, he asked
his brother what had happened. The older brother replied, “I should
have told him about leaving the ground.” “You didn’t tell him the Flyer
was an aeroplane?” Asked Orville in disbelief. Wilbur replied in
frustration, “So many of these investors won’t even come to the
laboratory if I tell them it’s an aeroplane. So, I told him what it
would do, and let him experience the “how” for himself.  
…  Like the Wright’s
aeroplane, the synergic sciences can solve enormous problems for
humankind. And, like the Wright’s aeroplane, the synergic sciences can
bring many positive and wonderful changes to our lives, but the “how”will be very different from the way things are done today. The synergic
sciences present us with a remarkably new view of humanity and of our
human potential. This new view may challenge many of your current
beliefs and some of your basic values. But this is good news, because
without a major change in beliefs and basic values our human problems
are not solvable. (12/22/04)