Some would consider the concept of precognition as the most amazing gift any individual could ever hope to have. I mean, you could know ahead of time what stocks to buy, when to sell, what those lucky lotto numbers might be, and all sorts of other applications to it.
While scientists somewhere are surely developing the tools for actual precognition, for now, I have to make predictions based on what I know today. For instance, did you know that scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are testing robotic maintenance workers to make repairs on satellites and the Space Station? This might sound small, but the little robot named Dextre could open up whole new horizons for space exploration. For instance, some day we could conceivably send robots to set up a colony on a new planet before we even send people there!
The pursuit of knowledge has brought me a real sense of joy over the years. It doesn’t matter if you think I’ve got the thickest pair of glasses since Ben Franklin invented bifocals; I love learning, and I think we all should. What’s that you say? “I’m not in school anymore, so I don’t have to learn anything.” To an extent you’re correct; you don’t have to. But you might want to, especially since doctors recently linked the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia to a lack of mental challenges. And nothing challenges the mind more than learning.
But just as a by-the-way element, you can’t tell me that learning isn’t fun. I can’t say anything is a universal truth, so sure, someone out there is probably saying exactly that to this blog right now. I know this to be a likely truth. Yet I also know what it is to look deeply into someone’s eyes when that spark sets off and understanding sets in. Those collective “aha” moments can change someone’s entire experience and potentially have a lifelong impact.
It takes maybe 5 minutes a day to look up something new that you didn’t know on the internet (did you know the moloch lizard of Australia can drink water through its feet?), probably less if you want to make it a challenge for your own time-crunching micromanagement. But the enjoyment you can get out of it, not to mention a decrease in the chance of Alzheimer’s, makes a 5-minute quest for knowledge timeless.