Beyond here … there be dragons

Old map-makers used to mark the edges of ‘known territory’ with those words – “Beyond here – there be dragons”. What a vivid example of man’s fear of the unknown. Seemingly, we are not merely content to admit that we have a love for the familiar, we go a step further, we associate the unknown with fire-breathing, man-eating monsters.
The new paradigm could perhaps replace the old warning with the words “Beyond here – there be knowing”. There is, at this point, no stopping us. Think on all those people, who at one time or another, must have not given the dragons a second thought. It is those people who have pushed mankind ever upward, ever onward.
Dragon-slayers all.
JBW

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