“You can’t know it ’til you see it.”
Take “see” in the broadest sense of the word there. I was just about to write a regular ol’ whiny blog post when this sentence popped into my head. It’s super difficult to think of something you don’t know of. I’m not talking actual hover boards or a pet dragon, or a combination of the two. Those are thoughts founded on ideas that already exist. I’m talking the most farfetched thing you can come up with, and then kick it up a notch, over the border into the unknown.
If you tried explaining the internet or the inner working of your average human cell to someone from the middle ages, they’d have absolutely no idea what you were talking about and brand you a lunatic. They won’t believe it because they simply can’t. It’s not possible for them to picture the idea you’re trying to convey, they don’t have the founding knowledge available to construct the idea themselves.
(Man, this is really hard to get across.)
That’s why it boggles my mind that we’ve discovered so so much, but it’s also so logical. Someone discovers something by accident, decides to take a closer look. “Holy shit what is this, I have absolutely no idea!” But now that they’ve laid eyes on it, they can use what little they learned to further explore. And from that, more things could be discovered, continuously pushing the border of the unknown slightly farther away.
Kind of like that game where you keep combining elements to create all kinds of materials, and repeat into infinity.