I heard this question from Sir Ken Robinson’s most watched TED talk on education and I have always asked myself this question.
So my initial reaction was always “Of course it makes a sound, it fell mos” Substance over form.
But I have a nagging doubt in the back of my mind that the question would not exist if the answer was so obvious.
I have recently opened my eyes to the truth. The answer is, “No.”
No witness, no sound.
If no one is around to see, hear, touch or smell the tree, how could it be said to exist?
What is it to say that it exists when such an existence is unknown? Of course, from a scientific viewpoint, it exists. It is human beings that are able to perceive it.
Always, in every example in life, this holds true. There can be no substance if there is no form. Irrational, unfair, but the truth.
Deal with it or be doomed to be one of those people who constantly mutter to themselves, “I thought of that idea long ago.”
If you have an entrepreneurial idea and do nothing about it, you are like a tree that fell and no one heard it.
No witness, no idea.
PS: By witness, I don’t mean tell someone about it, I mean do something about it.