In the weeks to come, weâ€™re about to relearn that old truth: necessity is the mother of invention. Researchers will work around-the-clock because of the worldâ€™s need for a cure for COVID-19. But itâ€™s worth keeping a corollary thought in all of our minds: necessity may be the mother of invention, but curiosity and imagination are the parents of discovery.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it abundantly clear that the world now needs America to be curiousâ€”specifically, to continue to push the frontiers of discovery. We will, once again, need to marshal our curiosity to solve big, intractable problems. Though we face a current crisis, this sort of thing is in Americaâ€™s DNA: we have always been able to commit ourselves to human endeavors in science and research that bring out our countryâ€™s bestâ€”and push humanity forward. Weâ€™re called to turn the page on Americaâ€™s recent past and rediscover our powers of discovery.
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