RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) Imagine the vision of a medieval ancient mariner, sailing west from Europe, unsure what lay ahead, lands unknown or even possibly an end to the world where the ship might fall off as over a waterfall.
The beautifully illustrated early maps displayed imaginative sea monsters rising from the waves and undefined land masses sometimes carrying the legend, ‘Hic Sunt Dracones’ - here are dragons - a stern warning of what might be waiting in the unknown. It must have taken a special kind of courage to contemplate such a scary future while dreaming of the proverbial pot . . .