posted on Sep, 23 2012 @ 12:59 PM
reply to post by ninjas4321
He had a better grasp 40 years ago on reality than most people do now.
Because most people are not scientists AND great thinkers, basically. Furthermore, most people can't communicate it well to others. That was something
Carl Sagan could do.
Some of the greatest minds have eclipsed him, but they're few and far between.
Most of us, me included, are dumb as oxen and blind to reality for the foreseeable future.
You want to bat .4999? Then start batting with the pros! Open a science book, get out into the field! Get to work! You have a long ways to go. 20
years, at least. It's not easy. Not even. You're going to need to work long hours reading books and examining data and taking measurements in the
field. Long hours writing papers and working with others to formalize and establish your work. Lots of math will have to be learned. Lots of hard
contemplation and figuring when you'd rather be doing something else. You'll need to be doing this most every day for many hours and for 20 years.
Just take a basic Physics 101 class. I did. It proved to me that I'm not as smart as I think. In fact, it put humility in me and a reverence for
people like Sagan, who have the mind and discipline for it.
With somebody like Sagan, chances are, you OWE him respect.
Now, me, I often didn't respect how difficult and complex construction and labor and industry jobs can be. I tend to have a philosophy and science
bent. Pretty much, I'm prejudiced towards people who're not conceptual thinkers. But I've had to learn over the years that electricians and machinists
and loggers and plumbers and others like them also deserve respect for their hard work and difficult to learn skills. While I still cannot find it in
me to be really interested in those sorts of things - i'm just not that type of person - I still have an appreciation and respect for people who work
in those fields.
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