Why is it, great ideas seem always to arrive in twos and in some cases develop independently without collaboration? The earlier centuries have not been dominated by any particular field of study. Instead most vocations have played major roles in shaping the culture. Recently the sciences have taken a position of leadership having been suppressed in pass ages. It more than the others has maneuvered and negotiated its way to a position of prominence as the circumstances dictated.
Why is it, the great ideas seem always to arrive in twos and in some cases develop independently without collaboration? Is it simply a matter they have come of age? Spawn from the natural outgrowth and flow of the environment or painstakingly nurtured and belabored overtime to an evident fruition or spurred on by a sudden moment of lofty inspiration and then firmly put in place. The answer is probably all encompassing but for sure it’s simply because the time is right. Leaving the phrase, an idea is ahead of its time somewhat meaningless.
Below is a rather subjective table, a look at the past 600 years. It shows how the centuries have produced a number of great minds. More importantly, than the method of selection is a discussion regarding events surrounding each person. Is it just a matter of history needing to be written around the lives of certain individuals or were their talents rooted in something quite dynamic like a concept such as “Necessity is the Mother of Invention”. As such were their contributions dependent upon an interconnectedness where survival would be in doubt if not for their personal association with the solutions.
The characters would thereby be absolutely required to satisfy a dire need. So essentially when the world is burden with overwhelming trouble, the divine connection and the natural gift we have for self preservation kicks in. As a result the species produces either a man or a woman they rise to the occasion to solve our given problems. As so often is the case history shows that the world system produces more than one individual capable of resolving the crisis Mother Nature’s way of providing a kind of built-in backup for safety.
These duplications or minds that think alike have not been limited to any particular area of study but are widely represented across all professions from political leadership, the arts, and more recently within the last 200 years the sciences. The earlier centuries have not been dominated by any particular field of study. Instead most vocations have played major roles in shaping the culture. Recently the sciences have taken a position of leadership having been suppressed in pass ages. It more than the others has maneuvered and negotiated its way to a position of prominence as the circumstances dictated. Profoundly over the past 200 years science has rose to a place as a benchmark to dominate and solve the physical ills of the planet with miraculous breakthroughs when needed.
Is the species survival luck, coincidence or truly a divine connection and a blessing? Barring none, plagues, floods, earthquakes or war in all instances whether the physical sciences, the arts or great political leadership when needed each has rose up to conquer and overcome. Or to play a supporting role all have stepped forward to comingle with one another when needed. Often this is made possible after scholars have build on the knowledge of those who have gone before them. Following a logical progression to the next step which would lead like minds to draw the same conclusion the power and psyche of human intuition is intertwine with the environment to gives rise to an interrelationship that has saved us countless times throughout the ages.
Through the centuries parallels can be drawn but some standout more than others. In such times something unique happens. For this reason the 15th Century was picked as the starting point and where our tabulation begins. Unlike the other time periods noted it marks a transition. It has to do with science and theology. During medieval times these two fields of thought were considered to be one and the same. To a great extent the 1400(s) was considered to be the beginning of the end of such thinking. A time of struggle and super human courage required to through off the shackles that had been placed on the mind during the Dark Ages.
An age is 1000 years and with some benefit of the doubt for the presiding times horrific ignorance reigned from the years 500 AD to 1500 AD. For this reason the times period was know as the Dark Ages. The combining of scholarship in the form of an educated theocracy and a development which would eventually become modern day science an age of appalling suppression eventually gave birth to a magnificent renascence and the current period of illumination. One personage that typified the struggles and the transformative period was Johannes Gutenberg, Theologian Inventor birth date unknown but thought to be born sometime around the turn of the year 1400, fourteen hundred.
Leaders in a Given Century
A quick glance at the table and the names under the 1400 notation depicts characters that exemplify a time of great struggle while at the same time shows much promise. The question becomes, through such difficult times how did they pull it off? How did such change finally take effect?
Rather than re-sitting an epic version of history in this case an uncomplicated analogy is more preferable. So the simple explanation is. When an idea has come of age it is more powerful than what we can imagine. It gets passed on the same way as a cold. It is a contagion. It enters the body through the eyes, through the ears, by touch, by smell, by inhalation. Some of us are more susceptible than other and some of us have buildup a resistance. We are immune to given ideas depending on our propensities or environmental inoculations and remain in the Dark Ages.
For those of us who live in the current age. It started with the transitional centuries, 1400, 1500, 1600 and 1700(s). Then landed resoundingly in The Age of Enlightenment, an era in Western philosophy and intellectual development where science came of age and became a pivitol part of the culture and the center of eighteenth century’s progressism. In comparison to this extent the 1900 hundreds have become known as the information age. Each of these micro 100 years, these are short term periods where the trues name of the macro age has yet to be defined or determined. It is not the astrological age such as The Age of Aquarius of which the current cycle is approximately 2,150 years. The age in our reference is 1000 years. If we take the official beginning of this age to be the 1500 then it will end aroound 2500 which means we are about in the middle.
This Enlighten period combined with the information age culturally with respect to political leadership seems to have recurring theme every century. Today there is a sense of diminishing return. Politicians loosing their importance as their impact become less and less relevant going the way of the monarchies of the pass. The arts and the new comer which is modern day science are growing ever more powerful. Our system is now intended to build on the knowledge of those who have come before. Each century is cuturally designed, a reflection, a concaved mirror image of the one proceeding. The framework is the same however the advancements are significantly more profound. If the system is truly age specific then we can expect another significant change sometime in the 26th century. Seems like a long time to wait. My suspicion is all the predictors are already in place and the 2500(s) will resemble the inverse of the 1400(s). We will have come full circle. The point is best summed up by one of the greatest minds of the present age. “When science finally reaches the ultimate truth it will find religion there waiting.” Albert Einstein
Finally, due to my own short comings many great minds have been left off the list. This is a result in no short order to proximity, easy acces to information going forward as well as my limited research skills. So in the comment section please add names to the list. Interested in general in the 1400(s) but also interested in those names who the reader considers to be great minds of the ages as well.