My Hero is Man the Discoverer (Happy Columbus Day!)

To all of the heroes, discoverers, conquerers …

… who lived, live, and will live …

we wish you a Happy Columbus Day!

My hero is Man the Discoverer. The world we now view from the literate West — the vistas of time, the land and the seas, the heavenly bodies and our own bodies, the plants and animals, history and human societies past and present — had to be opened for us by countless Columbuses. In the deep recesses of the past, they remain anonymous. As we come closer to the present they emerge into the light of history, a cast of characters as varied as human nature. Discoveries become episodes of biography, unpredictable as the new worlds the discoverers opened to us. (From The Discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin, p. xv)

Happy Columbus Day 2017!

Happy Columbus Day 2017!