Human thought seems to manifest in quantum leaps. A period of time transpires where little or no original thought occurs. Then for no apparent reason tremendous progress in thought begins to happen. It might come from a single individual or a group or groups. It might come through a single source such as music or science or through a broad spectrum of disciplines. Then just as suddenly as it started it stops.
As Time Travelers we are participating in the beginning of one of these quantum leaps. If we can fully grasp the meaning of this surge of understanding we, like surfers on an endless wave, will have the potential of forever being on the leading edge of new thought. This is an amazingly exciting potential, and one I would loath to miss. To be a part of such a golden opportunity, no amount of effort or sacrifice could possibly be considered too much. Opportunities like these are extremely rare and must be seized with both hands when such an occurrence does finally arise.
How many times has opportunity knocked on your door only to find you unwilling to take advantage of it? A fact that you later regretted? Life has a way of quickly passing. By the time we understand this it is too late. It is a sad fact that the average person in this time period has little chance of awakening. We exist in a catatonic morass of habits and routines. So buried are we in our daily life that we fail to notice that we have fallen sound asleep, nor are we able to notice that our friends and neighbors have fallen asleep as well. There may be moments that we awaken and vow to stay awake, but the next time we notice, it is decades later and much too late to do anything about it.
Unable to any longer amuse ourselves, we need to be constantly entertained lest we go mad from boredom. We exalt those who successfully entertain us, with riches and fame, and punished those who tried but failed.