Thank the heavens! From what deep well is the nation fortunate enough to draw these men, when the moment in history is ripe for them to step forward and change the course of our lives for the better?
Ford was born in 1863 on a family farm. In 1863, steam engines ran the railroads and factories. The internal combustion engine was still decades away from serious development. How did this kid, raised in such a technologically deprived life identify the potential of the internal combustion engine, envision the possibilities and put a whole country on wheels?
Purity of character in the rough and tumble days of the 19th and 20th centuries was not a prerequisite for building an empire. The railroad and steel tycoons, as well as the automobile tycoons did not do what they did for altruistic purposes lift up the impoverished masses. They didn’t even do it for money. They did it because that’s what they were wired to do, and despite the pain they caused along the way, the country is better off for their efforts.