by Rick White

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Vision (3 of 5)
Series: Who You Are When No One's Looking
Rick White

Introduction: The poet declared; two prisoners stared through prison bars; one saw mud and one saw stars. Why is it that two people living in the same environment see life so differently? Why are some people able to view life with hope and expectancy while others grow cynical, hopeless, and depressed? Why do some individuals mount up with wings like eagles and others run around with a bunch of turkeys?

Several days ago I was driving down Franklin road and I saw sitting by the roadside on e of the largest birds I have ever seen. It was large and ugly - a vulture. It reminded me of some people I know. They are looking for the worst in mankind and they always seem to find it.

1. In a Leadership magazine article, Lynn Anderson described what happens when a people lose their vision. A group of pilgrims landed on the shores of America about 350 years ago. With great vision and courage they had come to settle in the new land. In the first year they established a town. In the second, they elected a town council. In the third, the government proposed building a road 5 miles westward into the wilderness. But in the fourth year the people tried to impeach the town council because they thought such a road into the forest was a waste of public funds. Somehow these forward- looking people had lost their vision. Once able to see across oceans, they now could not look 5 miles into the wilderness.

2. In the last century, Lord Kelvin, a physicist and president of Britain's prestigious Royal Society, stated that "radio has no future". He also contended that "heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible" and that "X-rays will prove to be a hoax."
About the same time, a British parliamentary committee dismissed Thomas Edition's incandescent lamp as "unworthy of attention of practical or scientific men".
In 1889 the director of the United States Patent Office urged President ...

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