Book-1 Chapter 6: Revolution – Simultaneous Invention

Conversation between Dr. K. and Lou:

He put his glass down and went on, “Speaking of ideas popping
into your head. It always fascinates me how many times you learn,
that there were often multiple people working on the same invention,
at the same time, in different parts of the world, sometimes
completely unaware of the work of others. Why? How is it that all of
these people came up with the same exact idea at exactly the same
time?”

“So you think that, what? They all heard the same ‘voice’?,” Lou
asked.

“No, not necessarily a voice, but they saw the same vision. A
common picture came into their heads. That event set them, well
some of them, on a path to see it realized. That is the ‘compulsion’ I
was talking about earlier.

That leads to a really interesting question, for all of us. What
would you do if you were given a breakthrough vision of some sort?
A cure to a disease, a way to grow food more abundantly, even a song
lyric—whatever—would you take up the challenge? Would you see
things through or would you leave it for someone else?”

“That night, you had answers to those questions?”

“No, not really. Once I began to grasp what the concept of WU
could become, if it were to be universally adopted, I asked a different
question: Why me? Why had this idea been shown to me? I didn’t
want it because I could see it as being nothing but trouble for me, if I
took it up.

“So why have you followed through on the idea?”

“That’s where Edie comes in. That next morning, after the allnight
note taking session, she listened to me recite all the reasons I
had initially came up with to not do anything with ‘WU’. A lot of the
night before, I had kept coming up with more and more reasons why
I should stop and just go to sleep—just forget it. Edie looked at all the
notes and listened to me and then she asked me “How can you get rid of
an idea?”. That just hit me—right between the eyes. She was
absolutely right! I mean, once in your head, it’s there—unless you
have some brain trauma or something.”

Page 89