We have heard these famous lines “ideas are bulletproof”. Right?! I agree. Ideas are those foundation of our society, culture, our way of living and behavior. Whether good or bad; small or big, they live on indeed. The only reason we have such a comfortable life today is because somewhere someone in the forest had an idea to control fire and make use of it some 200,000 years back. But I saw a video of Michael Schrage who explained how our ideas cost us so much monetarily and also with respect to time. But, I completely disagree with him as we are who we are because of the ideas our ancestors and we ourselves have. If Edison had not pursued his ideas and had not tested his ideas where would we be? Whether it’s a good idea like gravity, relativity, electricity or bad ideas like CFC, dictatorship, brutality, slavery they are the ones who have built us the way we are today. Because of the good ideas we progress and because of these bad ideas we learn something else. We learn which won’t work. I for one am very comfortable with who I am today. Because I have learnt so much from the ideas of others.
Ideas are just like evolution of species, if they are bad they are forgotten and if they are good they are always remembered. Sometimes it takes a long time to evolve, like it is taking us so damn long to overcome bad ideas like inequality based on race, gender and religion. But, no matter how long we will evolve beyond it. Like when Carl Sagan said “It will not be we who reach Alpha Centauri or other nearby stars. It will be a species very like us, but, with more of our strengths and fewer of our weaknesses.” So, I am not afraid of what we might lose. I am ready to explore and discover. I want to reach the farthest of the spaces and peer into the depth of our world. That’s who we are. We are our ideas. Hence, I believe ideas are worth the effort. That’s what has brought us here and will take us further.