Saturday, October 8, 2011
#281 / Master And Commander
I am a big fan of the historical naval novels of Patrick O'Brian, including specifically Master And Commander. I greatly enjoyed the movie, too, staring Russell Crowe.
One of the things I like most about the books is the "command" that sets actions in motion. In my recollection, after discussion, the command is articulated just like this: "Make it so."
I guess that Captain Jean-Luc Picard uses that same phrase, as he "sets in motion some bold strategy or desperate gamble" on the starship Enterprise.
This is, in fact (and not just in fantasy or fiction), how we create the world we most immediately inhabit. We decide what we want to do, and then we tell ourselves: "Make it so."
Our possibilities are unbounded, within the world that we create. Whatever we hope, whatever dream, we can always tell ourselves to "Make it so."
Sometimes, we succeed.