Lying to the young is wrong.
Proving to them that lies are true is wrong.
Telling them that God’s in his heaven
and all’s well with the world is wrong.
They know what you mean. They are people too.
Tell them the difficulties can’t be counted,
and let them see not only what will be
but see with clarity these present times.
Say obstacles exist they must encounter, sorrow comes,
hardship happens. The hell with it.
Who never knew the price of happiness will not be happy.
Forgive no error you recognize,
it will repeat itself,
will not forgive in us
what we forgave.
- Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko
Lady with Hat and Featherboa by Gustav Klimt (1909)
Our senses enable us to perceive only a minute portion of the outside world. Our hearing extends to a small distance. Our sight is impeded by intervening bodies and shadows. To know each other we must reach beyond the sphere of our sense perceptions. We must transmit our intelligence, travel, transport the materials and transfer the energies necessary for our existence. Following this thought we now realize, forcibly enough to dispense with argument, that of all other conquests of man, without exception, that which is most desirable, which would be most helpful in the establishment of universal peaceful relations is — the complete ANNIHILATION OF DISTANCE.
To achieve this wonder, electricity is the one and only means. Inestimable good has already been done by the use of this all powerful agent, the nature of which is still a mystery. Our astonishment at what has been accomplished would be uncontrollable were it not held in check by the expectation of greater miracles to come. That one, the greatest of all, can be viewed in three aspects: Dissemination of intelligence, transportation, and transmission of power. — Nikola Tesla (From The Transmission of Electrical Energy Without Wires as a Means for Furthering Peace, 1905)
Bernoulli’s article on the brachistochrone problem (Acta Eruditorum)
Other World by Escher
The Lost Chapter from "Through the Looking Glass"
Star Wars concept art