The Ambition Of The Explorer
No one can absolutely control the direction of his life;
but each person can certainly influence it.
The armchair explorers who complain that they never got their “one lucky shot”
were never really infected by the incurable drive to explore.
Those who have the bug—go.
To enlarge the human perspective,
to build on knowledge for future generations,
to identify dangers,
and to chart the course to a better world:
If these are the goals of the explorer,
then everyone—voyager, scientist and citizen, parent and child—
is engaged in humanity’s momentous expedition
If we were logical, the future would be bleak, indeed.
But we are more than logical.
We are human beings,
and we have faith,
and we have hope,
and we can work.