What a wonderful world

Posted: April 30, 2014 in Uncategorized
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J. B. S. Haldene was a geneticist and polymath whose, research has made great contributions in genetic science  and medicine. When the cure to cancer, color blindness and any other genetic disorders or diseases are discovered the community that makes this discovery will have to thank J.B.S. Haldene. (Now I know that cancer is not a genetic disorder but, new research from the American Cancer Society has pointed to some evidence that genetics may play a large role in cancer.)  Haldene  was really quite a contributor to society.  When you get the chance, if you already are not familiar with Haldene’s legacy, you should get to know it. He made contributions to science math and the Indian nation. One of my favorite quotes from Haldene is this one :

“I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.” – J.B.S. Haldene 

Possible Worlds and Other Papers (1927), p. 286


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I can’t help but think that it was the attitude or perspective displayed in that quote that made Haldene such a huge contributor.  He looked forward to the future and marveled at the present. When I read this quote I am almost always drawn to tie it to one of my most favorite songs. I love listening to music.

I see trees of green,
red roses too.
I see them bloom,
for me and you.
And I think to myself,
what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue,
And clouds of white.
The bright blessed day,
The dark sacred night.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow,
So pretty in the sky.
Are also on the faces,
Of people going by,
I see friends shaking hands.
Saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying,
“I love you”.

I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow,
They’ll learn much more,
Than I’ll ever know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Yes, I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Oh yeah.

louis Armstrong, was an amazing performer who faced skepticism for his lack of confrontation during some pretty rough times (civil rights movement in the United States of America). Armstrong did not speak up or out for civil rights in America until he spoke out against president  Eisenhower. President Eisenhower, he charged, was “two faced,” and had “no guts.” Armstrong made huge contributions to society as well through music and respect for the world and I can’t help but think it was his attitude that made this possible.
He marveled and loved life just like Haldene. Looking at what we have now and having hope for the future this is something we can all draw strength from. I am not sure what it is called but enjoying the moment right now and living in it is so empowering and enables us to hope and see a better future. Never stop learning and marveling at you and your world









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