The Scope of Our Potential…

I’ve been thinking a lot about or concept of “the impossible” lately.  In this line of work and at this still quite young stage of my intellectual development I guess it comes quite naturally to question my own boundaries and realities as well as those of my community, civilization, and species.  As human beings, and especially as people heavily involved in government and military work, we tend to operate along the guidelines of bounded rationality.   We set clear intellectual limits in our option and our possibilities based on our experiences and the norms instilled on us by our society and professions.  We deal with the realm of the possible, of the probable, without devoting much of our scarce social and intellectual resources to ideas and concepts that don’t seem to fit within the bounds of our personal and collective experiences.   While we have no shortage of powerful minds and great thinkers, we have a habit of locking them inside our box and dismissing the ideas that venture too far outside of its walls.  While there are some who will be quick to utter the phrase “impossible is nothing” there are very few who will actually devote their time and energy toward producing an intellectual roadmap for achieving it…

How do you end the endless war???  Easy, you do the impossible.  You read, you write, you discuss your thoughts and ideas.  You dare to dream the impossible dream and operationalize a path to making it a reality.  You take your time, develop a counter-narrative, check your sources, and build your contacts.  And when the moment is right, you stand behind your ideas, place your head on the chopping block, and dare the one with no blood on his hands to strike the final blow…For you have given up on fear long ago, and you’ve seen enough to dispel and remnants of belief that human beings have already reached the pinnacle of civilization.  That there is no way we can do much better in this life and on this planet…

At this time in the experience of human civilization, it is utterly amazing that we still confine our thoughts to tightly bounded concepts of reality.  It’s already been proven that human beings only use a tiny fraction of their available brainpower.  Our understanding of physics is completely laughable when you consider what we have yet to discover about things such as the universe, the nature of energy at the subatomic and electromagnetic levels, and even our concepts of time and space themselves.  Out of seven billion people, we have but a handful of minds tackling these problems due to our scarcity of finances, education, resources, and opportunity, and yet we continue to think that we have mastered just about every possible reality in existence.  We cling to ancient “beliefs” about religion because they grant us some measure of comfort and take books written thousands of years ago as absolute science and historic fact without investigating the very real, and sometimes a bit scary, nature of metaphysics which could eventually lead us to very real revelations about the true nature of life in our universe.  It’s been said that insanity is the act of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  But I would suggest that it also involves the act of believing the same thing despite massive amounts of evidence against it.  And it is for that I feel the scariest two words in the English language just might be the ones “I Believe”.  No evidence, no critical thought or investigation, just blind and binding belief that things exist in a certain order strictly out of intellectual convenience…

Imagine if you will a world without false beliefs, without strictly bounded rationality and discourse.  Imagine a world where the unlimited potential of every human being is cultivated and tapped to provide for the development and cultivation of the species.  Imagine a world without war, without poverty, without scarcity of the necessities of life as the problems have undoubtedly cost our species countless potential Einsteins, Galileos, and Da Vincis.  Take the time you use up every day simply keeping yourself alive working a job you don’t really care about to earn money to feed, cloth, and shelter yourself and your family.  Multiply that time by seven billion and imagine the man hours which could be available for something much bigger.  Apply some type of exponential growth function to your equation, perhaps a Moore’s law for human capacity or something and extrapolate only a few generations into the future…Now what is really preventing your great-grandchildren from traveling to the stars???  What is really preventing this tiny civilization on Planet Earth from growing intergalacticly???

Before man achieves his true potential, he must overcome his inner demons and defeat his bounded rationality.  Before war destroys man, man must destroy war.  Before man destroys war, he must imagine the impossible…We have to end the endless war.  We have to dream the impossible dream.  We must overcome our present realities and outdated operating systems.  We must question the unquestionable and use it to help us achieve the unachievable.  And we must start doing it before our clock runs out.  They say impossible is nothing…then let’s start discussing the new possible…



19 AUG 2012, 2000(L) Grafenwoehr, Germany


About briangdonnelly

I'm pretty much a random traveler and free thinker. Right now I live and work with the Army in North Carolina. I grew up in Missouri but am from the northeast US and have traveled a lot with the Army and life in general so I can't say I really have a "home" except where I chose to catch a few hours or rack each day. Overall, life is pretty awesome and I'm looking forward to changing the world. Hit me up if you care... Peace, Brian
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3 Responses to The Scope of Our Potential…

  1. Your post reminded me of a couple of my favorite quotes:
    “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace”, Jimi Hendrix
    “Sometimes a man can meet his destiny on the road he took to avoid it”, from the movie The International.

    Peace to you Brian Donnelly

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