Champion of the Age of Exploration
Vasco da Gama has a most impressive résumé. First European to reach India by sea, longest ocean voyage made at that time, established a trade route that enhanced the Portuguese empires economy and global reach, and was declared the Viceroy of India by the King of Portugal for his discovery.
Intrepid explorers, dissatisfied with mundane and the ordinary, have always sought greener pastures wherever they might be. They crossed great distances and surmounted incredible obstacles to reach those promised lands. We owe a lot to such explorers for their daring and their work.
The amazing thing about people with extraordinary achievements is that beneath the aura they are just like everyone else. Vasco da Gama spent several weeks in Kerala, even visited a Hindu temple, and yet could not figure out the natives were not christians until much later. C'est la vie!
“For the first time in human history, the Buddha admonished, entreated and appealed to people not to hurt a living being, and it is not necessary to offer prayer, praise or sacrifice to gods.
With all the eloquence at his command the Buddha vehemently proclaimed that gods are also in dire need of salvation themselves.”
— Thomas William Rhys Davids
“The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives”
“Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.”
— Gene Roddenberry
“The inventor looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of invention possesses him, seeking materialization.”
— Alexander Graham Bell
“It is a child of my own and bids fair to be one of the most important (colonies) and at the same time one of the least expensive and troublesome which we possess. Our object is not territory but trade: a great commercial emporium”
— Sir Stamford Raffles
“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
— Ibn Battuta