Introducing “Hyperloop”: Elon Musk’s High Speed Transportation System [Video]

Vision is Believing Before Seeing

Believing Is Seeing

Tesla Motors co-founder, Elon Musk, promised to reveal more information on Hyperloop, his top secret traveling machine soon. Hyperloop is a hypothetical mode of high-speed transportation proposed by inventor and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Musk has envisioned the system as a ‘fifth mode’ of transportation, an alternative to boats, planes, cars and trains. The system would, in theory, be able to travel from downtown Los Angeles to downtown San Francisco in less than 30 minutes

Musk called the fast train a cross between a Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table. The air compressed tube train system will be “twice as fast as what an average aircraft can do.” Once constructed, the Hyperloop will leave as soon as passengers board as opposed to running on a strict schedule. The train will also be weather immune which might put a damper on some people who still enjoy the occasional snow day.

Some are calling Musk’s idea pure insanity, but a few select others are willing to give the Hyperloop a chance after examining all of its’ parts. Musk is not only a billionaire; he’s a visionary. The concept of believing and then seeing is not new to him.

Many are taught at an early age that “Seeing, is believing.” That couldn’t be further from reality. While the masses sit around waiting to see what life will produce for them, a select few set a course to create a life they know they deserve. People are urged to be ‘realistic’ or ‘reasonable’ when it comes to their dreams. But what has being ‘reasonable’ really gotten them so far? An average job, average pay and of course, average expectations. If people are not careful, life’s challenges have a way of stripping them of their power and leaving them afraid to ask for more.

Literary icon Ralph Waldo Emerson said of vision, “People will only see what they are prepared to see.” Innovative folk have always taken this to be the defining line between existing and living. So many have been lulled to sleep to the fact that every one was born to embark greatness. Mediocre living is what too many people are left with once they abandon the ideal of a better tomorrow. This isn’t a life, it’s a prison sentence. Getting up, going to work, shopping then going home to prepare to do the same thing all over again is the ultimate frustration. Who in their right mind sets out to be average or ordinary when there’s so much available?

To say vision is important is an understatement. The ability to see is one’s primary sensory mechanism used every day of their lives. Most can’t imagine what life would be without it. What if everything went black for them visually? How well could people navigate through their home? The loss of sight has the potential to render people frozen in whatever condition they live. Take this fact and compound it by 100, and you will begin to understand how vital it is to have a vision for life; as well as the impact of trying to live without one. It makes one wonder; what else can they do?

  • One must turn their vision ‘inward’: What is seen in the natural is only a reflection of one’s inner perception. To see a better world, people must first see a better self.
  • Unleash the force of expectation: Life doesn’t give people what they deserve, it releases what one expects. People are literally living out the script they write for themselves using the pen called expectation.
  • Talk it, walk it, then see it: People have had the order of the universe backwards. They get excited after the fact. But in order to experience things beyond their current situation they have to speak in the direction they want to go long before others can confirm it.

No one said living according to vision is easy; no one can promise that. People have been too conditioned to be skeptical and realistic. What vision can promise is if people will begin today to unleash their inner power, life will begin to change drastically. Try it, switch up your focus and speak what you see inside, instead of the negative circumstances outside.

Elon Musk has a vision where essentially, passengers will ride in capsules within the tube similar to pneumatic tubes at a bank drive-through. “Even if I’m sort of wrong about the economic assumptions behind the Hyperloop, it would still be a really fun ride,” said Musk. The Hyperloop still faces many challenges but it is well on the way to being realized. Musk has said that he will reveal more about his vision, Hyperloop, on August 12.

 

 

By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)

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