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A Step Towards the Impossible

October 8, 2010

Is there a cure for cancer? Or AIDS? Or Alzheimer’s disease? Not yet. Many scientists even say that no cure ever will be found. It’s just the nature of cancer, AIDS, and Alzheimer’s. Extensive research has gone into these diseases and as of right now, it seems like no cure will ever be found. However, there are tons of groups that get together to raise money to help find a cure for cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, etc. But if it’s impossible to find a cure, what’s the point?

Well, if you have cancer, there clearly is a point. You never want to give up hope that you can be cured. You know how cancer feels, and you wouldn’t want anyone else to have to live with it in the future. If the cure is found, then people in the future won’t have to feel your pain.

It’s hope. Hope is good.

Now, many people are quick to label me as an extreme optimist. And perhaps that’s true. But usually those people are either pessimists or realists. Pessimism is clearly not a good trait, but that’s not the point of this post, I’ll write about it later. I wanted to address you realists. Realists who use what they know about the world, statistics, facts, empirical evidence, etc… to make judgments about their outlook on life. Why make a goal to be wealthy when only maybe 5% of the world is actually wealthy enough to be job-free? Striving to be wealthy would be futile! It’s not real! The chances of it happening are almost ZERO!!

Right? Sound familiar?

Well, scientists have used empirical evidence to show the chances of finding the cure for cancer to be ZERO. Not 1%. ZERO. It’s a sad conclusion of research. Well, scientists who don’t bother to even try to find a cure for cancer are “realists.” And guess what, they’re also people who many people do not like because they gave up hope.

And people who believe that a cure for cancer can be found? Well, they’re optimists. All the research and evidence clearly shows that there’ll be no cure for cancer. However, they still strive to fund research to find a cure.

Do you see what I’m getting at? People have hope to achieve the impossible. It’s normal. It’s optimism. You believe that anything can happen, as long as you take the necessary steps to make it happen.

Some people don’t have any hope, because since it’s impossible, why even bother? That’s realism. You believe in real life examples and evidence, past experiences, etc.

So I always hear people talking about being “realists.” And what do I think? It’s a load of crap. How do you think a cancer patient will feel if their doctor was a “realist” and just said, “Sorry, there’s no cure for your disease. And I’m not even gonna bother looking for a cure because it’s impossible to find one. You’re going to die in a few months, enjoy the rest of your life.”

Obviously, the cancer patient would be crushed. Hope is what keeps people alive. What keeps people from committing suicide? Hope that things will get better. I’m quite sure a realist who has suicidal tendencies will just commit suicide. There’s no way they’ll get out of debt! Or there’s no way their health will ever get better! So why even live?

There were once two groups of people who were in a prison, no one had ever escaped the prison before. But one group had a leader who constantly said that they would all be freed soon. The other group had a leader who said kept saying that they’d be imprisoned forever.

None of them ever got freed, but guess which group lived longer? The one that had hope that things could get better. The one that had no hope of anything died more quickly because what was there to live for? When their subconscious even began to believe they’d never get freed, their entire body just begins to deteriorate and has no will to live. So their subconscious minds die first, and they perish as well. A man would have liked to see his family one more time. But since he was stuck in this prison, he decided to just give up on his family and dread every day that came. Every day thereafter was just another day of hell. And another day of hell. He grew to resent every day, until he no longer wanted to live. So his body’s malnutrition catches up with him, and he perishes quickly.

When the former group’s subconscious was constantly being reinforced by the notion that they would be able to get out of the prison, get back with their families, and live regularly in a house, their minds had no will to die ever. That man wanted to be able to see his son’s face one more time. See how much he’s grown in the years he’s been gone. Be able to play with him. To him, being able to hold his son one more time was worth the price of staying alive just one more day with the slight chance of being freed. And when the next day came, it was just one more day until freedom. And another day. And another day. Until eventually of course they had to die because no matter how strong your will to live is, once you hit a certain age and stage of malnutrition and mistreatment, you die. It’s an unfortunate circumstance but it has to happen.

By the way, just something interesting to note: Space travel was deemed impossible for the first few millenniums of human existence. Look where we are now.

So what am I trying to say? That if you really believe you could live to be 200, you will? Well, no. That’s impossible by any stretch of the word. “But wait!” you say, “It’s been shown that curing cancer is impossible too!” Well, so? There’s a need to cure cancer. There isn’t necessarily a need to cure old age. There’s no one getting together to find a cure for old age. There’s no necessity to hope that one could live until 200. After retiring at 70 and being able to spend your golden years with your spouse, I think 100 is perfectly enough for a full life. Even 80-90 years old is a good lifespan. 200? What do you do during those years? Work more?

That’s not the point of this post though. There is an necessity to cure cancer. For many people, there is also a necessity to become wealthy, or to do some other big goal or dream. Even if the chances of achieving your goals and dreams are slim, who cares? One of my goals is to become a best-selling author. Possible? Of course. Probable? Well, seeing as there are fewer published authors in the world than there are doctors, and even fewer best-selling authors than published authors… YES! It’s totally probable! In fact, I’ll be a best-selling author by the age of 30. Just watch me!

See you at the top,

Rasheed

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