I just remembered that I forgot to lock my car, so I look out my window, press a button, and almost a block away I see my car flash and automatically lock itself. For a moment I don't take this now-commonplace act for granted and acknowledge what it is: a miracle. Human-created, technological magic. Something a decade ago I would not have considered to be in the realm of possibility.
|The mesmerizing clocks and gears in 3-D Hugo|
Perhaps like you I have been feeling pessimistic about the state of our culture--despite my creative rabble-rousing I am in many ways a very practical person--but something about watching Hugo, Martin Scorcese's new 3D movie, shook up some optimism in me. Movies in many ways are the ultimate manifestation of current human creativity, requiring hundreds of talented people coming together to create as engaging an experience we can have while seated. And I finally understood that 3D movies are a breakthrough--that my experience watching Hugo was qualitatively different from any movie experience I'd had before (I have not been an avid 3D goer) and that movies now were being reinvented in a way I hadn't really thought possible.
|Artificial Leaf that can store solar energy|
So for a moment, as this year ends, I'm embracing these miracles and believing that breakthroughs don't have to be only technological. We are ready to change our politics, our economic paradigms, our distractions, our materialism, our stress--how we solve problems, get along and care about each other. It only takes a small shift, a bold idea, a different way of seeing or communicating or being. That may be a miracle but we humans can indeed do miracles.