Monday, December 07, 2009

time and place

I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.

~ Stephen Jay Gould ~
American evolutionary biologist

Time and place. What gives one person the chance and not another? How does one "fall into the family business" of--oh, say...stage and screen. And another fall into the family business of garbage.

Is opportunity made or born?

Surely, there have been others as smart and as talented. What would the world be like if we could recognize them all right here...right now?

We have what it takes to turn the planet toward well-being. We just have to tap the human resources--not just the natural ones.


Carrie Wilson Link said...

Yes, tap them, but first identify them, as many of the human resources are not seen as such.

Deb Shucka said...

Starting with love.

Kathryn Grace said...

Oh, Wanda, I have never seen Gould's quotation before, and it--and your commentary--give me such hope. That is the entire point behind the Village of Ordinary--that every person be so well nourished spiritually, emotionally, as well as physically, that they truly actualize their potential. What could we accomplish on this earth--and beyond--if each of us realized our potential?

I hope you don't mind, but I'd like to use it in one of my upcoming quote-of-the-week posts.

Wanda said...

By all means, Kathryn...share the wealth.