Wisdom from an American icon


The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. Thomas Edison

Edison, with all of his genius, really missed it on this one. Perhaps he thought all doctors would be as ethical today as they were in his day. Nutritionists today do what Edison thought doctors would and should be doing. Instead of encouraging patients to take less medication, most doctors that I have been to, do the opposite. They have a pill for every complaint. It isn’t unusual for patients to be on five to ten medications daily by the time they reach retirement.

Concerning our economy Edison said:

Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!

Personally, I think he was right on. American would have recovered without the socialist policies of the New Deal. The New Deal did put people to work on temporary jobs, but unfortunately we have recently seen what happens when many sit back and wait for a government bail out. I suspect the idea of a ‘Nannie State’ in the U.S.A. was completely foreign to Edison.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Edison was born in 1847 and died in 1931. His list of inventions include, among other things, a  telegraph transmitter,  phonograph and light bulb.

https://i2.wp.com/blog.networkwellnesscenters.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/edison.jpgI want to see a phonograph in every American home. Thomas Edison

Could he even begin to imagine the sound systems of today?

Did Edison actually invent the light bulb? According to About.com, The Inventions of Thomas Edison, he did not, but rather improved upon an another’s idea. He was, however, a pioneer in lighting.

There are a couple of other interesting things about the invention of the light bulb: While most of the attention was on the discovery of the right kind of filament that would work, Edison actually had to invent a total of seven system elements that were critical to the practical application of electric lights as an alternative to the gas lights that were prevalent in that day.

These were the development of:

  1. the parallel circuit,
  2. a durable light bulb,
  3. an improved dynamo,
  4. the underground conductor network,
  5. the devices for maintaining constant voltage,
  6. safety fuses and insulating materials, and
  7. light sockets with on-off switches.

Read more about Edison at About.com.

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About jlue

I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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2 Responses to Wisdom from an American icon

  1. In fact that original bulb was so durable that it is still burning. A very great man and no, the nanny state would have appalled him.

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