New York City, New York
September 29, 2002
We are here tonight, because the message I stand for, the scientific discoveries, I have been privileged to contribute, are not welcomed by those who make health care. Otherwise, you would hear about this breakthrough from Dan Rather, or in the morning news, or you would read about it in the New York Times. Even better, you would be living in a world where the diseases that brought you here tonight, especially cancer, are long gone.
This is not the first time that something is wrong on planet Earth. The great philosopher Schopenhauer stated: "Really significant steps forward for mankind go through three stages. First, they’re ridiculed. Second, they are heavily fought by those who have economic interests in the status quo. And finally, when the dam is breaking everyone says: Well we knew it all along." We are somewhere between stage two and stage three with the message that cancer will no longer be a death verdict in future generations.
For millennia, people have looked to the sky. They’ve seen the sun rise in the east and settle in the west. They’ve looked to the stars in the night, and they knew it. The earth they concluded, is flat. They also were convinced that the sun circles the earth. How in the world could anyone doubt that? Then this man came along, Galileo Galilei. When he was born the sun circled the earth. When he died, the earth circled the sun. Of course, nothing has changed in the course of the universe, it’s just the way that mankind learned to look at the universe. Today, everything that Galileo stated four hundred years ago is confirmed. And yet, when he said it for the first time, it was so threatening that he was…