Who mourns for Heron of Alexandria?
Image of Heron of Alexandria taken from Wikipedia
His Steam Device picture from Wikipedia
People have often said that we use only a fraction of our brains this only goes to show the limited understanding that humanity has of nature. They refer to the Appendix as an appendage that has no purpose and exists as redundant material that once had a use but is now superfluous. Once more there is no surprise that with this thinking the popular idea occurred that we use only 10% of our brains. This idea seems to be widely accepted throughout many societies. Although science has proven that this is nothing more than a myth. The “10% myth” is so wrong it is almost laughable says neurologist Barry Gordon, at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Scientific American, February 7th 2008. The Myth still exists to this day.
So why is there such a lack of understanding as to how nature works?
It starts with the way Humanity perceives the world within which it lives. It is as if he is a man that sees the sea and does not look below it and in his belief that there is a solid mass in front of him tries to walk on water only to find that he sinks beneath to its depths. So why cannot a being as capable as humanity not have a truer understanding of his environs?
“One small step for man one giant leap for mankind” Neil Armstrong on stepping foot on the moon.
So often man takes small steps not realising that he is more than able to take giant leaps. Humanities understanding of his world is an example of this.
But this does not mean that we are a species in decline it just asserts the fact that over many years and centuries we have not educated ourselves to be as creative as we should be. At different intervals through the centuries from the beginnings of recorded history to modern day humanity has shown that such a being does not appreciate the true extent of its abilities and so those abilities remain latent and unused.
When Heron of Alexandria a Mathematician in the 1st century of the 1st millennium a.d. invented what was an aeolipile a steam-powered device. It was an incredible leap forward, especially if he had been its original designer, though there are those that believe such an idea came from an earlier time. If Heron had also developed pistons to his machine he would have created the first truly powered steam engine almost 2000 years before the industrial revolution began.
Is it too difficult to imagine that someone as intelligent as Heron did not realise the potential uses of and power of steam not to make what would have been a leap of monumental proportions. People have often sited that at the time such a development was unnecessary, as that society used slaves to do the tasks required; but anyone who understands science realises that this laboured reasoning is out of context with the mind of someone like Heron. Curiosity would have driven him to experiment further to realise the potential of his device. So why then did he not proceed to what would have been a logical conclusion? Who was it or what was it that prevented him from such an advancement?
One logical answer is that he thought there was no further potential for the device and that he had taken it to its final conclusion. I discount this attitude as I feel that someone such as Heron with an imagination as rich, varied and productive as his would have perceived that further advances from his machine were capable.
Perhaps Heron was negatively influenced by those who harboured a jealous resentment for his brilliance that he never drove other ideas forward. Jealous pride has curtailed many an advancement in history.
So how does this tie in with my initial thought, that of the myth that we use only 10% of our brain. It is to show how humanity need not take small steps but can take giant leaps that enables him to evolve to a higher level. That certain beliefs are untrue and are only adhered to because of a lack of understanding.
The truth of my analogy is this; there have been many occasions when humanity has merely seen the surface of the sea and thought it to be land to walk upon where man has not seen or realised what are obvious truths.
People have an understanding that so much is achieved by a step by step process that the giant leap is not often taken because it is believed not to exist. In fact it is almost encouraged not to exist through a mixture of wrong thought and corrupt ideology that ideology of wanting to see others fail.
How many times have people felt provoked to diminish others out of jealousy, pride and pure narcissism. How many times have you heard the cliché ‘you, you can’t do that.’ And yet all around people are capable but are led to believe that they are not.
We live in a world and a society that enjoys ‘dumbing down’ the individual to what is a level of submissiveness so that they become nothing more than institutionalised slaves or slaves to their social group. Whether that is through the worship of celebrities or through a misguided belief in figures who have been afforded power and authority; not through their knowledge and wisdom but through the fortune or misfortune of being born to it.
The hypocrisy that has prevented so much good from occurring has evidently been around for thousands of years.
Look around and you will see there are so many struggling to do right for their community but are held back from doing so as they believe they are incapable. People are so used to diminishing people whether from an underprivileged environment or not that in their jealousy and pride they will often say that others do not have the ability to be creative when in reality they are saying that others do not have the right to be more creative than they are. This again is offensive and is a form of bigotry that has been ongoing for thousands of years. In the case of Jesus “Nazareth can anything good come from there.” John 1 v46. Such ideas as believing people are not capable because of their history are as rampant today as they ever were.
Perhaps someone turned to Heron and said of his device; why don’t you build something useful instead; and being discouraged, simply put down his mechanism and got on with something else. Or perhaps they saw its potential and persuaded him to stop working on it so that they might devise something themselves but where he was capable they proved incapable. And that jealous pride prevented humanity taking that leap forward. And if Heron had been disgruntled for not being aloud to proceed with his experiment he would have been ridiculed for his behaviour.
Usually people lay the claim on those who are unsatisfied with their lot that they have ‘a chip on their shoulder;’ or that they are just ‘bitter twisted’ individuals. Well of course they are resentful such people have been unjustly and mercilessly treated by those who are the first to complain should they have been treated similarly.
People cover up their hate of others by charging them with being the cause of it. Exceptional people do not have to be few and far between people can be nurtured to become extraordinary and one day society will realise that it has missed so much and been content with so little. An orchard is not an orchard if only one or two trees are able to grow fruit in it.
So why is creativity limited?
It is the environment; media, social groups, etc people grow up in. I cannot abide the cheapness of hate and the great expense given to love; by that I mean I cannot abide the way people are willing to hate each other quite freely without even realising it, and keep love only to themselves; this thinking is quite bizarre.
If people would just love others the way they would wish to be loved what a difference there would be. If you were compassionate instead of dispassionate, if you were merciful instead of merciless and if you wished the best for others instead of hoping they would fail then we would face a different world.
The question to ask is; what can be achieved with just a little more understanding of the world we live in? So let me illuminate you with another thought, people invest so much time in hating others that humanity has missed great opportunities. Opportunities that could have propelled him forward to such places that are still only of the imagination but if people are willing to come together monumental achievements can still be made; it just takes a simple belief. You can make a better society a better community if you are willing to believe in unity, in encouraging one another.
If you do not believe how difficult this task of unity is then ask yourselves how many times a day you judge others and are judged by others probably too many; in a world that should be by now tolerant understanding and elevated there is still too much condemnation, too much bitterness, too much selfishness where there should be love.
I would now like to take you back to the myth where people thought only 10% of the brain is being used. And that there is a lack of understanding of how nature works. Once more let me illuminate you with an idea about how nature works. This is my theory and should not be taken as fact. There is something that I have called a generational memory, an almost generational brain you can see it in nature, when ants cross a river they build a bridge from their bodies; when monkeys use tools they are taught to use them, perhaps this can be applied further; when plants and animals develop natural defences, natural toxins they are past down through adaptation and through the generational memory - the generational brain of the animal or vegetable. In the same way humanities brain has the capability of storing up generational information not just characteristics as held within its DNA, but stored memories held within the subconscious mind that might be buried deep within that only surface when they are triggered. The human brain may be the keeper of generational memories. Since all are connected it becomes possible then for any to be a genius like Heron.
That is why I ask who mourns for Heron of Alexandria because since that time, there have been many people like Heron who had the ability to take that leap forward but were discouraged from doing so.
Adam Daivd Papa-Adams (C) 2012 all rights reserved