It Will Never Happen


Man has a history of saying, “It will never happen,” and then it does. Consider this, from The Quarterly Review, in 1925. “What can be more palpably absurd than the prospect held out of locomotives traveling twice as fast as stagecoaches?”

Then there was Lee Deforest, scientist and inventor. In 1926 he said this: “While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially, I consider it an impossibility, a development of which we need not waste our time dreaming.”

And in 1901, William Baxter, Jr. wrote in Popular Science, “As a means of rapid transit, aerial navigation (airplanes) could not begin to compete with the railroad.”

I save the best for last. The Literary Digest made this ironclad prediction in 1889. “The ordinary ‘horseless carriage’ is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the near future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle.”

Yes, we have a history of being often wrong, but never in doubt. And here’s a line I hear a lot today. “Jesus can’t possibly return during my lifetime!” The angel said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”


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