I n 1982 fired by the possibility of using sustainable energy sources that would allow our grandchildren to draw breath in the not so distant future and the fact that we lived right in the heart of Auckland we bought a Daihatsu Charade which had 2 seats only ,the rest of the car being filled with huge batteries. However my husband finally had to admit that; lithium batteries for space travel, the 50 km range, and the fact that our 14 year old daughter refused to ride in it because she said as soon as her peers saw that it moved without making any noise it attracted attention. Particularly this parental faux pas and a couple of very time costly 52 km journeys saw the end of this experiment for us.
I just re-watched the presentation by Elon Musk of the sustainable battery power source panels now available for order which had really excited both myself and my 16 year old grandson.
The possibilities that this has for real change in the lives of so many is mind blowing. And it is open -source patented! My faith and optimism in the human spirit has reached the giddy heights I had in the 80’s! That this innovation hadn’t required government intervention, but was a result of the committed vision of people who believe that this is of great value because it will importantly benefit human lives.
The lesson here for me is that our best efforts can have impact if like Elon Musk we seek possibilities and
1. we found our human efforts on ideas we believe have a “human rightness” whether physically, socially, ethically, or scientifically driven by neurolinguistics – mechanical physics- quantum biology – etc and
2. these ideas are well tested out with all known possible negative effects investigated and
3.worked on collaboratively with other like-minded people who are
4.driven passionately to committedly work these ideas through to having the intended human value.
The action now is to get back with increased resolve to continue to strive to make the rhetoric of being a ptp person and teacher a real possibility.