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St Andrews in Focus - Issue 69 Mar / Apr 2015

From the Editor

Flora Jan 2015

Does anyone these days try to foretell the future? I ask because a new year usually prods you to make New Year Resolutions – most of which never get kept – and predict what the future might hold. I almost did it myself in the last issue. Since our world has latterly been changing at such unprecedented speed, I think on balance it might be wiser neither to resolve to do< anything different, nor try to forecast what might be invented, developed, or become.

Among many past prognostications, which today seem beyond belief, there’s the King of Prussia in 1864 commenting about trains, “No-one will pay good money to get from Berlin to Potsdam in one hour, when he can ride his horse there in one day for free.” In 1903, the President of the Michigan Savings Bank told Henry Ford’s lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co. because, “The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad.” Even the esteemed Lord Kelvin got egg on his face when in 1883 he proclaimed that, “X-rays will prove to be a hoax.” So really my advice is, don’t – unless you’re willing to risk your descendants laughing at you.

Flora Selwyn 

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