Are you telling me it took mankind up to 1970 to finally put together that suitcases work better with wheels on them? Really!?
The “modern” wheel and axle design dates back to between 3500-3350 BC. It’s hard to imagine that they didn’t instantly look to combine it with almost everything’s their living world.
Baskets, containers and other simple forms of luggage date back as far if not further.
Early man even had the idea of the rolling suit case on a grand scale as early as 2000 BC when they used heavy wheeled transports that compare to more modern wagons. Seriously; look at me with a straight face and try to tell me that a covered wagon is not just a giant rolling suitcase.
so with all the pieces there why the hell did it take us so long to marry the suitcase and the wheel to easy the lives and backs of travelers world-wide? Is it that as a species we love to schlep our stuff around in the most difficult form imaginable? I find that hard to believe; most of mankind’s history has been spent in the pursuit to make life easier so why is it that from the time commercial air travel began in 1909 in Germany using Zeppelin dirigibles until the advent of the roller board in 1970 that we chose to make life more difficult but not putting together these 2 very obvious pieces? (We would even put suitcases on wheeled carts to move the around and still could not see the connection!)
I believe that is comes down to a difference in culture and perception.
Early history of man was riddled with those who were fascinated by what could be. We never stopped exploring and we had many brave souls that stood up to challenge authority and conventional wisdom even though it could mean death.
In today’s world we are so beaten down by what is that we sometimes can’t see the forest through the trees. We have lost our gift of creativity, the ability to look at things and make improbable connections. we are far less likely to question authority even though the very worst that can happen is someone calls you a jackass on twitter (far better a scenario then a beheading).
We are taught our whole lives to follow the rules, do what your told, keep you head down, study hard and everything will workout. We accept what we see as reality and make the choice to follow along instead of stand out.
But I proclaim that we exist in a time when those who stand out and question the norms are celebrated a posed to persecuted. We idolize those who go against the grain; we celebrate them while in the end choose not to follow their lead.
We fool ourselves that it is easy for them because of who they are or their unique situation when the reality is we all have a unique situation that presents us with gifts and opportunities.
It is time to stand up, stand out and say “this suit case should have wheels damn it!”
live outside the lines; don’t see what is, look for what it could be and you too will be celebrated by humanity.