‘Future belongs to those who believe in beauty of their dreams’. There is no limit to the thinking! Even sky is not the limit for some! Human race has been more audacious than ever in the 21st century. We have been trying to explore the length & breadth of the possibilities for generation. With the development of computer and internet, our knowledge & understanding of the material world and beyond has defied all limits. It has given the human brain a completely new, incredible realm of thinking. 2011 saw seven billion of us on this planet for the first time ever. This only equates to more ignited minds-working for the expansion of human knowledge in all directions.
On one hand the Nasa’s Mars explorer went searching for the possibilities of life on the red planet, on the other- Europe’s scientist were contemplating on undertaking an audacious trip to the mighty sun. The biologists were busy in redesigning the existing life & creating alternative life through synthetic biology, and technicians were making bionic contact lenses to read emails. Some of us were unraveling the mysteries hidden inside the core of earth and there were still others, who were reaching for the deepest of deepest-ever depths of the oceans.
Arguably, the greatest physics research of all time by CERN’s particle accelerator-gave a hope of time travel to the scientist (sub-atomic particles could be travelling faster than light). Although, we have not yet reached a ‘theory of everything’ (as Stephen Hawkins would like to see; by combining the theory of small-quantum mechanics and theory of big-Relativity) but we are one step ahead in finding how the matter originated in the universe (through CERN’s Higs Boson findings-subject to conclusion in next 1-2 years).
Political maps of several countries were changed due to unprecedented freedom of political thinking of the people. Whether it was Arab Spring or Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal movement in India, there was one thing common-the courage & conviction of human mind. Incredibly unassuming civil society leaders attained the impossible tasks of fighting and actually bringing down the in-so-far invincible political systems to their feet.
This is a wonderful time to be on this planet and 2011 has just proved it again. It gives us a hope of a wonderful 2012 and thereafter. Hard work of some will make our world a better place to live. I salute those who spend their lives for this cause with the following Longfellow’s poem:
Success (from “The Ladder of Saint Augustine” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
We have not wings, we cannot soar; But we have feet to scale and climb
By slow degrees, by more and more, The cloudy summits of our time.
The mighty pyramids of stone; That wedge-like cleave the desert airs,
When nearer seen, and better known, Are but gigantic flights of stairs.
The distant mountains, that uprear; Their solid bastions to the skies,
Are crossed by pathways, that appear, As we to higher levels rise.
The heights by great men reached and kept; Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night.
1. Engineering life through Synthetic Biology www.bioinfo.de/isb/2006/06/0038/
2. Metal undergoes novel transition under extreme pressure www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16265510
4. The Mars Exploration Program is a science-driven program that seeks to understand whether Mars was, is, or can be, a habitable world mpfwww.jpl.nasa.gov/programmissions/
5. Arab Spring en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Spring
6. 2011 Indian anti-corruption movement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Indian_anti-corruption_movement
7. Bionic contact lens ‘to project emails before eyes’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15817316
8. Measuring the black web http://www.economist.com/node/21532263?fsrc=scn%2Ftw%2Fte%2Far%2Fmeasuringtheblackweb
9. Europe to lead daring Sun missionwww.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15146082