- ...less than 150 years ago, Thomas Edison was already celebrated as an outstanding inventor thanks to his creation of the phonograph. Even so, many experts scoffed at him when he announced that he would attempt to develop an incandescent light. The best and brightest knew that such a thing could never be done. Edison’s public announcement was considered so ludicrous that the British parliament set up a committee specifically to look into the possibility. Their final report came back with the conclusion, “Good enough for our transatlantic friends ... but unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men.” A few years later, Henry Morton, who was president of the Stevens Institute of Technology, referred to Edison’s light bulb when he said: “Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize it as a conspicuous failure.” Significantly, he said that after Edison had already given the first public demonstration of a working bulb. Similar stories may be told about skeptics weighing in on the possibility of innovation after innovation. In 1899, Literary Digest published this prediction about cars: “The ordinary ‘horseless carriage’ is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle.” In 1902, Simon Newcomb, who was then Director of the US Naval Observatory, stated his conclusion that “Flight by machines heavier than air is impractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.” At the end of the very next year, the Wright brothers proved him to be wrong. The so-called “Father of radio,” who was himself an inventor, said “While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially, I consider it an impossibility, a development of which we need waste little time dreaming.”...
- ("The families of the Mother Emmanuel Church victims have already given us an excellent example. Bethane Middleton-Brown, the sister of the murdered DePayne Middleton-Doctor said, 'I am a work in progress and I acknowledge that I am very angry. But one thing that Depayne taught me is that we are the family that love built.' Then she added, 'We have no room for hate, so we have to forgive.'...")
- A MUST READ!!