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Sometimes Life slides imperceptibly past, the day-to-day rigmarole and routine seemingly warping from one hour to the next, one day to the next, and so on.

Sometimes.

I’ve dealt with people who were so far ‘down’ they simply cannot function.

To explain this to men, or typically, I gave it a ‘shorthand’ moniker: ‘the bottom of the dry well’ syndrome.

If one’s at the bottom of a well, there’s no point looking down. There’s nothing to see.

It’s all about looking up, skywards, glimpsing whatever sun there may be, whatever blue sky or clouds floating past.

Then again, if one is in a place where there’s a lot of rain, yes, unless one can tread water, and for a long time, one might well drown.

Better still, in those conditions, one has to learn the confidence not to fight the rising waters but, rather, to float to the top and pull yourself out.

Does this slightly corny advice work everywhere?

Frankly, for most of us in the relatively wealthy West, we’d have to say, well, yes, sure, or maybe, if all the planets aligned.

Admittedly, a helping hand is a huge boost.

Yes, normally, through the good graces of a kindly stranger or some relative or perhaps a social worker, progress can be made.

How about if one lives in a place where ultra-high-technology campuses cluster, chock-filled with some of the best and brightest minds in the world?

“Search giant Google held its moonshot hackathon — one that seeks to create radical solutions to complex problems using breakthrough technology….

“It was…fourth in the world after that in the US, London and Berlin”… with …“over 160 people comprising of 20 teams came up with radical ideas, working on one of two grand challenges — urban issues, including traffic congestion, and education for 500 million people at the bottom of the pyramid.

“The teams comprised of professionals from diverse backgrounds — engineers, urban planners, musicians, and journalists, who brainstormed for over five hours to arrive at the moonshot
moment.

“Google’s think-tank project called Solve for X encourages what it calls the “moonshot thinking.”

The Solve for X movement, started in 2012, has the mission to create a global ecosystem of moonshots and support individuals or teams to bring their moonshots to life.

“One of the bold ideas at the… hackathon was Skyway that aims to provide sky transportation to all by 2030. Former Uber employee Kingsley Advani came up with the idea to reduce 90% of vehicles on the road.

“Their proposal is to develop a skycar and skycargo that will reduce five million trucks on the road by 2016 and 500 million vehicles on the road by 2018. “The weight of each truck is 50,000 pounds (22,679.62 kg) while the skyship capacity will be 500,000 pounds (226,796.19kg), enabling it to carry around 10 trucks,” Kingsley said.

“Jack Hidary , senior advisor, Google X Labs, who runs Google Solve for X moonshot hackathons, said, “We are more interested in a very radical idea that can dramatically change the world. It sounds counter-intuitive, but an incremental process is actually difficult to get done. In 5 hours 120 people with 20 teams came up with great ideas.”

Fascinating?

Assuredly! Can it all happen?

Who knows? But, heck, the USA’s Apollo 11 landed men on the moon way back when I had hair!

Well, more than I do today!

American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s capsule touched down on 20 July 1969.

Armstrong became the first human ever to step out onto the barren lunar surface six hours later on 21 July at 02:56 GMT.

Some of us remember worrying about whether these spacesuits would really hold up, perform as intended in a most hostile environment.

Then again, there are places in this world where daily life defines a ‘most hostile environment’ and is simply unimaginable to almost all who might ever understand these words.

What can one say, perhaps through some tears, after that?

Should we ask those Google wizards to have a look at the problem?

You know, they actually could have done.

Remember that ‘moonshot hackathon’?

It took place in Bengaluru (formerly ‘Bangalore’), India.Bengaluru Map of

Perhaps there’s some comfort and certainly, in this case, contrast with this lovely anthem of our own best hopes, at the very least, for our own and indeed all the world’s children.

May it be a world where pain and sorrow will be ended,
And every heart that’s broken will be mended.

I pray you’ll be our eyes, and watch us where we go
And help us to be wise in times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way
Lead us to the place, guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe

I pray we ‘Il find your light, and hold it in our hearts
When stars go out each night,
Remind us where you are
Let this be our prayer, when shadows fill our day
Help us find a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

A world where pain and sorrow will be ended
And every heart that’s broken will be mended
And we’ll remember we are all God’s children
Reaching out to touch you
Reaching to the sky

We ask that life be kind, and watch us from above
We hope each soul will find another soul to love
Let this be our prayer, just like every child

Who needs to find a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe
Needs to find a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

Go in Peace?

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Hat-Tips:

The Times of India, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Google-holds-moonshot-hackathon-in-Bengaluru/articleshow/49348216.cms
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The singing soul of Neath, Wales, Miss Katherine Jenkins
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The Prayer” Lyrics by Carol Bayer Sager
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And Carol Bayer Sager

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