December 8th, 2006 07:09 EST
Nikola Tesla: Will To Power
All great thinkers are philosophers, but not all philosophers are great thinkers. Anyone who has a proclivity of giving thoughtful consideration to the ways of the world inevitably becomes a philosopher, by virtue and default of the explorations and inquiries their contemplations compel them to engage. Such individuals invariably develop a worldview and insights from, and usually in accordance with, what they discover during their examinations. We tend to categorize people in specificity, making them static rather than dynamic entities-- which everyone really is. Especially when these people happen to be famous, and famous for a particular aspect. For example, the eccentric Nikola Tesla, who-- indeed a man ahead of his time, said, "Through countless generations, from the very beginning, the social subservience of women resulted naturally in the partial atrophy or at least the hereditary suspension of mental qualities which we now know the female sex to be endowed with no less than men. "
An electrical engineering genius, humanitarian inventor, and futurist visionary, Tesla anticipated " and partly initiated-- the evolution of the technological and social environments we now live in. His mind and interests weren`t limited to the technological, and occasionally delved into the philosophical, the two realms often being compatible and symbiotic. His social musings expressed a humanist, socialistic utopian and Nietzschean perspective. He proposed that science is only a perversion of itself unless it has the ultimate goal of improving humanity, describing the electrical sciences a form of art. A kind of artist in his field, Tesla had a keen admiration for the creative spirit that defines a true artist, motivated by an attitude that the act of creation is not only its own end, but also its own reward. Driven by an intense creative spirit and excited by what it could reveal, Nikola`s passion is best illustrated in his own words: I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success... Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything. "
Like a flash of lightning and in an instant the truth was revealed. I drew with a stick on the sand the diagrams of my motor. A thousand secrets of nature which I might have stumbled upon accidentally I would have given for that one which I had wrestled from her against all odds and at the peril of my existence. "
Circa 1900, he comprehended and reveled in the capacities of electricity, foreseeing the increased usage of electricity and invention of electrically powered and computerized machinery as a standard, plus the eventual arrival of remote control and wireless radio, television, cell phone, satellite, and internet transmissions, as well as the possible applications and effects of them.
These days, he is typically the subject of conspiratorial speculations and a MacGuffin involving psuedo-scientific delusions of grandeur, because of his many as-yet unproven extraordinary claims and speculations " like wireless energy transferal, the earth as a battery and energy conduit, weather control, wingless flying machines, an anti-war apparatus that would make conventional war impossible, and rumored and fictional accounts of a Tesla Coil " supposedly capable of functioning as a death-ray ", matter/energy transporter or space-time bender. Throughout his inventive life, Tesla was frequently ridiculed, obstructed and forsaken because society and the scientific community dismissed and undermined his theories at best as impractical, and at worst as science fiction. Furthermore, he was often stymied and hindered by a lack of financial and material resources; few people were willing to fund his experiments, and industrialization was not sufficiently advanced to accommodate his needs.
But if so many of his ideas have proved so uncannily accurate, could not even his most unconventional imaginings be feasible? There is a quote that says Man`s reach exceeds his grasp. Perhaps Nikola Tesla might have rebutted: This is not true- rather, it is that Man`s grasp exceeds his nerve. "
Tesla was a believer in the ameliorating and defining potential of technology for human development.
So long as there are different nationalities, there will be patriotism. This feeling must be eradicated from our hearts before permanent peace can be established. Its place must be filled by love of nature and scientific ideal. Science and discovery are the great forces which will lead to that consummation. The consequences of such an advance are incalculable. A new epoch in human history would be inaugurated and a colossal revolution in moral, social and other respects accomplished, innumerable causes of trouble would be removed, our lives profoundly modified for the better, and a new and firm foundation laid to all that makes for peace. "
Nikola Tesla postulated and envisioned that: Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe. Throughout space there is energy. Is this energy static or kinetic? If static, our hopes are in vain; if kinetic - and this we know it is, for certain - then it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature. "
If the universe is fluid and saturated with energy as well as composed of it, like water in a bowl, then all things are at all times connected to and in contact with (and comprised of?) this energy, and it is conceivable that we may access this energy directly into our machines " mechanical and biological " without need of storage, conveyance or transmission mechanism, as an unlimited, memetic and ready natural power source for motivation, sustenance and rejuvenation. We would be as fish in that bowl, swimming in and propelled by that surrounding energy field, the way fish breathe through the water. What form(s) this cosmic " energy would be, I don`t know " perhaps kinetic "generated by the inertial or gravitational or bio-electric or electro-magnetic elements, or psych-kinetic "generated by psionic thought.
Maybe there is no real difference in the physical and mental energies. If energy can neither be created nor destroyed, only harnessed and transformed, then it is theoretically possible that all energy is essentially the same, and of the same source.