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Breaching material limits is now the expected norm in many areas, especially technology and sports.
When nearly 6 billion people have access to cellphones and can instantly talk to each other, “There is no longer any time, distance, or place limiting human communications,” writes David Houle, author of a new book, “Entering the Shift Age.”
When NASA can reveal detailed images of Mars’ surface, the planets are that much closer. Skype brings distant friends and family together in cyberspace. New cars may soon be driverless, changing concepts of time and distance.
“Technology expands human capabilities, giving us power beyond our physical bodies to make things, go places, and discover new realities,” writes Cecily Sommers of The Push Institute in her new book, “Think Like a Futurist.”
In sports, breaking records, especially during the Olympics, is now the norm. With better mental and physical training techniques, athletes can more quickly surpass yesterday’s Babe Ruths, Roger Bannisters, and Bob Beamons – athletes once thought to have reached the limits of human capacity. Even racing animals, such as thoroughbred horses, are now pushed to new limits.
The Pentagon’s decision to allow women in combat is a chance to reflect on how humans view life less in terms of material restraints and more in the limitless abilities of mental agility.
Women in combat with men? That’s so like climbing Mt. Everest. Show us more.