Quote of the Week: Jan 27th – Feb 2nd

Ben Achammer

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“The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is that of a planter – for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come and point the way.” -Nikola Tesla

I choose this quote to be first in a series of weekly quotes because it talks about planning and preparing the future- a fitting message for a quote laying the foundations for the quotes to follow. Tesla uses a planter analogy to relay his message. A planter may plant the seed, but the seed may never sprout for many days. The planter can either give up hope or place faith in their seed and continue to care for it even though the seed does not produce an immediate effect. In life, the seed represents an idea and planter a creator. When the seed grows, it will bear fruits, which are the rewards from following one’s passion. In the grand scheme of life, these seeds may not sprout within the planter’s lifetime but instead are left their for the next generation to enjoy, as Tesla hints at in his closing remarks. I feel that the message that Tesla tries to portray here is that even if something you do doesn’t seem to produce an effect, with patience, you will find that your action will create a fruitful reward.