When I spoke of future warfare I meant that it should be conducted by direct
application of electrical waves without the use of aerial engines or other implements
of destruction...What I said in regard to the greatest achievement of the man of
science whose mind is bent upon the mastery of the physical universe, was nothing
more than what I stated in one of my unpublished addresses, from which I quote:
"According to an adopted theory, every ponderable atom is differentiated from a
tenuous fluid, filling all space merely by spinning motion, as a whirl of water in a
calm lake. By being set in movement this fluid, the ether, becomes gross matter. Its
movement arrested, the primary substance reverts to its normal state. It appears, then,
possible for man through harnessed energy of the medium and suitable agencies for
starting and stopping ether whirls to cause matter to form and disappear. At his
command, almost without effort on his part, old worlds would vanish and new ones
would spring into being. He could alter the size of this planet, control its seasons,
adjust its distance from the sun, guide it on its eternal journey along any path he
might choose, through the depths of the universe. He could make planets collide and
produce his suns and stars, his heat and light; he could originate life in all its infinite
forms. To cause at will the birth and death of matter would be man's grandest deed,
which would give him the mastery of physical creation, make him fulfill his ultimate

Nikola Telsa 1908 letter to The New York Times

That's humanism. The question is whether it would be selfish or unselfish. Much of the way Telsa puts it disregards implications that are imperceptible to him but not to God. What harm would he be doing without realizing? This is where "fools rush in" applies.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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