Innovation and ingenuity have always been part of our DNA
Nothing becomes more apparent in that regard when silently observing a child at play.
As we get older, the bizarre becomes familiar to the point of being forgotten or even overlooked. The beauty of the world around us fades into a blurring background as we consider new ways to get more of the same.
However, the unexpected always finds a way to remind us that there is more to life than what we see, or in this case, have forgotten.
One such moment, I consider myself lucky to have been witness to, came by way of a conversation between two engineers who, during that summer, spent their time devising and theorising about the many ways they could bend reality to their will.
In this particular case, the conversation that took place beneath a lush willow tree round sunset was sparked by finding a way to travel a 500 meter stretch of land, without moving an inch. The problem, after some research into the matter, was infinitely compounded when both of them realised that what they were considering, had never been done before!
The reality of the matter was unnecessarilyabsurd, which is why the solution had to be, elaborate beyond reproach. Though the reasoning was sound, the idea itself made no sense whatsoever. Nonetheless, the rectangular farm’s blueprints were procured and an indepth study related to the mechanics of the undertaking were thoroughly scrutinized so as not to leave anything to chance.
The original family home, which was located at the farm’s main entrance had grown too small and no longer could accommodate everyone, which is why the plan to build a second house at the other end of the plot of land was under serious consideration. The only ‘obstacle’ was that cursed stretch separating both.
In truth however, the actual problem sprang from a different reality, rather state of mind similar to that of a child battling imaginary dragons. The proposed house, which later was transformed prior to construction into a fairytale-like tower, should have magical abilities in keeping with its design.
As different alcoholic spirits and herbs found their way into the engineers’ thoughts, an ingenious solution sprang to life. During the few moments that followed, a silence broke out as both men stood in front of ‘the stretch’ immersed in the possibility.
They literally turned the problem on its head as Adonis still standing there transfixed said, “What if, instead of walking the distance to the house, we could get it to come to us?!”
Following his lead, Riad, whose mind was intoxicated with the thought and other promising substances replied, “We can even do one better by placing it on rails and activating it using a remote control. The only question however that comes to mind is, will I have my own remote?”
That night, as they walked the distance back and forth while making further computations, a shooting star happened across the sky as I, trailing a few steps behind, closed my eyes and wished for their idea to come true.
That was 30 years ago and though both had passed away some years apart, I find myself still living with that dream and the desire to truly make my world, magical while the possibility in me, lives on.