Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Don't Be Discouraged

In the continuing march forward it is easy to become fixated on the two steps back - rather than anticipate the three steps forward.

Something is always failing, most efforts never seem good enough, destruction looms menacingly.

Overall however mankind continues to progress.

Growth is not steady, forward, upward progression. It is instead a switchback trail; three steps forward, two back, one around the bushes, and a few simply standing, before another forward leap. - Dorothy Corkville Briggs

It is normal for the first implementation of a technology to be easily surpassed by the old technology. The first calculators were slow compared to a skilled user of a slide rule or an abacus. Steam was more efficient than internal combustion - for a while.

Oil has been better than energy alternatives - but that too is failing.

This progress of three steps forward and two steps back seems to be programmed into our universe. Visit here to view a free documentary by an award winning director -- History's Hidden Engine.

The key is - don't get discouraged enough to quit.

Bastiat Free University has a great concept, but the industrial age colleges still have the lead. The old educational bastions will eventually be surpassed by individually empowering learning institutions, but for now the archaic bureaucracies hold an edge.

Whatever you are pursuing - if the goal is worth the effort - the goal is worth the wait.

Hang on, the ride is bumpy, but the trip is in the right direction.


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