Albert Einstein once said::
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
And today I ask you this, how could this not be true?
Sure there are some extraordinarily intelligent people in this world, and I tell no lie when I say that I believe that Geologists, Environmental Scientists, and Explorers of all kinds are amongst some of the most extraordinary people on this planet [ mwah mwah mwah… :* ] There are people on this earth that have photographic memories, people that can do mathematical equations to basically predict the future, people that know the engineering requirements to make something fly, float, sink and to make things that withstands any force of nature. I mean for goodness sake there are people on this earth, scientists, who can just about do anything…
These smarts would be useless without imagination. If you think about it, its true.
At the end of the day someONE had to have the idea to say; what if we fly like the birds. What if we can travel to out of space, what if we could dig up these rocks and utilize them for energy… What if…
And most recently [and I know that it could not be more predominant in the news] however I find it marvelous that someone said ‘what if’ and this week it became a reality that will lead – I am sure – to many new environmental discoveries.
Yes, I am talking about James Cameron and his endeavors to the deep deep ends of the ocean.
LEGENDARY filmmaker James Cameron has resurfaced from his historic dive into the deepest part of the world’s oceans . And the incredible journey was, in part, made possible by a team of Australian engineers who worked in secret to construct the submersible that carried him down into the deep.
Having dived to the deepest section of water on earth, Cameron spent a number of hours searching for potentially undiscovered species of marine life, collecting samples and filming his incredible journey for a documentary.
”The impression to me is that it was very lunar, a very desolate place, very isolated,” Cameron said.
”My feeling was one of complete isolation from all of humanity, I felt like I literally in the space of one day have gone to another planet and have come back.”
He said he was surprised not to see huge sea animals or many signs of life.
”When I got to the bottom of the Challenger Deep it was completely featureless and uniform…what I found was that the life is much smaller, I didn’t see the big jellyfish and the big anemones.
”I drove across it for as far as I could see…I didn’t see anything bigger than about an inch long.”
”The sub was built in Sydney, the core engineering team were Australians, my co-designer of the sub is Australian, Ron Allan,” Cameron said.
”So there is a real kind of Aussie pride, Aussie spirit behind this vehicle.”
“And we came up from Sydney, through Cairns and up to Papua New Guinea for our sea trials there, so it’s very much a product of this region of the world down here.”
He also credited Telstra for keeping the boats communications live throughout the expedition.
And if we want it: “Every time you dive there’s always that hope that you’re going to see something knew, something you haven’t imagined, some new species. Sometimes the ocean gives you a gift, and sometimes it doesn’t.” he said.
Only Australian engineering stood between Cameron and a potentially lethal deep-sea dive that made him just the third person in history to reach the darkest reaches of the ocean.
I can’t help but to think of the imagination required to fathom such an event. To think to ones self… What if I could reach the bottom of the ocean and see what is down there? It makes you wonder….
What is your what if?
Where does your imagination take you?
And you know what… I’d say, no matter the answers to the above questions – its possible. It may take time – I mean ol James Cameron’s idea took seven years, but you know what? If man can travel to the deepest reaches of the ocean withstanding pressures of 16,250 psi (reference) which I read was comparable to three SUVs resting on a toe (reference) then anything is possible…
Like Albert says::
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”