“If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really is true, then there would be little hope for advance.”

— Orville Wright

Orville Wright and his brother were crazy.  From the time their father bought them a toy helicopter with paper blades when they were children, they began to experiment with building ways for men to take flight.  Everyone knew they must be a bit odd.  If God had meant for men to fly, he would have given them wings.  But Orville and Wilbur refused to believe that what was accepted as true really was true; and in 1903, they made the historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina that changed our view of aviation.

Ironically, Orville also is quoted as saying that no airplane would ever fly from New York to Paris — no engine could ever maintain the required performance for four days without stopping.  The Wright brothers were visionaries in their time; but even visionaries sometimes lose sight of the endless potential for growth that exists beyond their accepted opinion of the truth.  Only twenty-four years after that first short flight at Kitty Hawk, Charles Lindbergh logged the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  Orville Wright lived to see his dream of flying grow far beyond the limits placed on it — not only by others, but by himself.

We cease to grow and learn and change when we become complacent and place limits on our exploration of the truth that lies beyond today.  It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that what is true is true, and it will not change.  Certainly this is the case; but when we begin to think that we have harnessed and defined Truth and we draw a line around it in our minds, we lose sight of the fact that the Truth that does not change is far more expansive than the limits of our thinking.  We must strive each day to grow our understanding of Truth.  We must not limit its beauty by deciding that it will fit only within the boundaries of our own limitations.

I believe that Truth calls out to us every minute of every day.  Will we answer its call and venture into the unknown realm that lies beyond our own self-imposed limitations?  Will we continue our lifelong journey down the path that leads to greater wisdom, or will we sit down on a rock and be satisfied that we have arrived and there is no further need for exploration.  Throughout history, there have been visionaries who have seen through the mist of accepted truth and ventured beyond its limits.  Do not be content with today’s version of Truth.  Step beyond what you have learned and into the things your heart already can sense.  Who knows?  Maybe you will learn to fly.