The Next 60,000 Years / Inspiration
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If there is no inspiration, there is nothing worth the doing. As a lad, the writings of Sir Arthur Eddington, T.H. Huxley and H.G. Wells inspired me ... and Mr Thorn, our Wellington College English master, opened the world of poetry for me. While respecting the powers of reason, my soul is mate to William Blake.
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! 0 clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
Like Danton and Nietzsche, I believe in boldness to truth ... and the reader will not find many provisos, caveats and weasel phrases in my writing. Over 20,000 hours, over 30 years, have been devoted to the researches and thinking which give rise to this book. Many people have said to me that one can't know the future ... but my infant teacher, Miss Herlihy, told me that there was no such word as can't. I do not seek or heed reasons for not proceeding: I just go ahead ... and, as for method, I nay or may not use it ... for, with Feyerabend, I believe that in discovery and creation, anything goes. I always bear in mind that Hume pointed out that theories cannot be derived from facts. We may freely hypothesise and we may use our common sense and intuition. For intuition and empathy, we may gain from the poets
From the earth thou springest
Like a cloud of fire;
The deep blue thou wingest,
And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest.
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
world-lovers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
I am the captain of my soul.
That serveth not another's will;
Whose armour is his honest thought
And silly truth his highest skill!
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes
He stared at the Pacific - and all his men
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise -
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.
The Mind's eternal heaven shall shed her dews
Of inspiration on the humblest lay.
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