One day the Bishop Wright was discussing philosophy with a college professor. The bishop’s opinion was that the millennium was at hand. As evidence, he cited the fact that everything about nature had already been discovered and that all useful inventions had already been made.
The professor politely told the bishop that he was mistaken. “Why, in a few years,” he said, “we’ll be able to fly through the air.”
“What a nonsensical idea,” Bishop Wright said. “Flight,” he assured the professor, “is reserved for the birds and the angels.”
[Bishop Wright was the father of two young budding inventors named Orville and Wilbur!]