Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee, and do not try to make the universe a blind alley.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Journal, June 15, 1844
Of course there is always resistance, always a drag on movement toward better things. The dead hand of the past clutches us by way of living people who are too frightened to accept change.
Kim Stanley Robinson The Ministry for the Future, 2020
It is a secret which every intellectual man quickly learns, that, beyond the energy of his possessed and conscious intellect, he is capable of a new energy ( as of an intellect doubled on itself), by abandonment to the nature of things; that, beside his privacy of power as an individual man, there is a great public power, on which he can draw, by unlocking, at all risks, his human doors, and suffering the ethereal tides to roll and circulate though him: then he is caught up into the life of the Universe...
Ralph Waldo Emerson Essay I: The Poet — Published 1844
Sometimes the wisdom of the past can inform the future.
These thinkers remind us how vital — and timeless — our connections with nature and with each other are to our mutual well-being.
Let's open new "human doors" and be "caught up into the life of the Universe " — together.