Excerpt from Bonfire Thoughts
By Michael Tann
I really wish that I had learned more about the history of innovation. I understand how a car, a refrigerator, a phone, and a gun work, but I have no idea how to build one from primitive means. If I was in a town dying from the Black Plague, would I possess the knowledge to save them? I do not think I could and I think I would probably die as a result.
As a people from the 21st century, should we not individually possess knowledge that makes us superior in intellect to those of the 15th century? I am sure there are other examples of knowledge that I possess that could change the world, but I wish to argue the point that we need to know how to build something in order to fully understand it.