Standing on the Shoulders of Giants – this regular feature will place the spotlight on some inspiring men and women.
The phrase “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” has been used in various forms over the centuries:
In 1159 John Salisbury (English scholar c. 1115-80) wrote a book on logic called Metalogicon in which he stated:
“Bernard of Chartres (c.1130) used to say that we are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size.”
In the Chartres Cathedral in France the creators of a beautiful thirteenth-century stained glass window depict four Old Testament prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel) with four New Testament apostles (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) sitting on their shoulders. What a great message!
In 1675 Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), the great English scientist who explained gravitation, invented calculus and penned the laws of motion, wrote a letter to his friend, Robert Hooke, in which he stated,
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
There are many “giants” whose courage and faith are an inspiration. Many of them will be featured here – heroes and heroines whose decisions have left a lasting legacy. Over the following months we learn about John Benbow, Heber C. Kimball, Dan Jones, Ann Dawson, William Clayton, Jenneta Richards, Evan Stephens, Isabella Walton, John Ross, Thomas Kington and many, many more. Some will be familiar names and others will open up new horizons to you.
If we can see further it is because we stand upon the shoulders of all these giants.
Upon their shoulders our feet are firmly and gratefully placed.
If you have a ‘giant’ you think ought to be featured please do let us know.