The title of this post is attributed to Archimedes, a Greek genius whose amazing colossal brain not only devised new advances in mathematics and the sciences, but also invented defenses to protect his nation.
The quote concerns the lever, a simple device that everyone will recognize at once. In one context the quote can be taken to be nothing more than hyperbole concerning a common application of physics. But there’s something about it that always gets my heart to quicken just a little bit.
This might be due to the confident tone, the expression of supreme can-do spirit. But it’s also the fact that right then, just at that moment, the world changed forever. Something that was unknown or unstudied became commonplace and understood. To paraphrase Huxley, a little land was reclaimed from a vast ocean of ignorance.
Why does this sort of thing affect me so? Because I sincerly believe down to the very depths of my soul that the world is made a little better for everyone when things like this happen. We stalk a little closer towards becoming more than we are now. It’s a victory against the dark.
Yesterday the world pivoted once more, and I’m overjoyed that I was alive to see it.