| Progress is not FREE!
The story of Philo
Farnsworth (he invented Television) is
Inspirational, exciting and--my personal favorite--Damn Depressing.
I would like to see a chart or graphic or
some sort of representation of the relative contributions (technical, financial,
"political," etc.) of Armstrong, Goldmark, Farnsworth, De Forest, Edison,
et al., even David
Sarnoff--to the "Invention" of Television.
There is a disjoint between what people (read
that, all of us) expect to be "Fair & Equitable" and what is required
for humankind to get out of, and stay out of, "Caves."
Think! --The Doers Do!
If all of the Thinkers had sat on their thoughts--we
would still be living in caves.
If all of the Doers had Not Done, we would
still be living in caves--regardless of what the Thinkers had thought!
I don't like it, but it seems immutable--a
physics thing--a Law of Nature: For mankind to survive, there seems a requirement
that the Greedy feed off of the Artisans.
And, the rest of us keep quiet because we are the beneficiaries of this
The people--by their deeds--who have
brought about the most momentous changes to mankind--good & bad--were
the Doers, and--in the main--were not nice people.
Looking at Sarnoff's history, he seems the
archetype of that dichotomy.
Once, in a blue moon, is born a soul that
is both a Thinker and a Doer--Edison, Eastman, Land, Westinghouse, etc.;
or a duo--Wozniak & Jobs, etc.
As evidence of this Fact of Life, less than
1% of inventors benefit directly from their inventions--most die bitter
and impoverished people.
If one is innovative and desires Peace-of-Mind,
one should suppress the urge to invent! "--lie
down til the Feeling Goes Away." The
preceding "LOAD" are my reluctant conclusions, not my beliefs!