They took a tour of the Supercollider, and interviewed several American scientists about the experience of working on it. What caught my attention is that the interviewer wanted some practical uses for the 8 billion dollar project; there were none to be found. But the scientists were all so passionate about what they were doing. They were all smiling, talking fast, laughing at how they hadn't been to the grocery store in five weeks because they spent all their time at work. And I was inspired.
I live in a practical world; my life is consumed by the intricacies of sustaining life. I don't meet new people or think about many new things, as a matter of routine. It's the hardest part of my job, to be sure. So I am glad to know that on the border of France and Switzerland, scientists are working night and day. They are trying something just to see what will happen, just for curiosity's sake. They have no marketing strategy, no patent pending. They are pursuing knowledge for its own sake. It was inspiring to remember that people like that still exist.