“But they had no motive,” said Dr. Hale. 


He was speaking of Zheng He.  In the fifteenth century, Zheng He, a Chinese explorer, had a fleet of a hundred ships—dwarfing any European fleet of the day. 


“But when push came to shove the emperor of China put internal security as a higher priority than exploration.” 


I wonder sometimes if Zheng He ever wondered what was around the Cape of Good Hope.  Did he take a new day job after coming back?  What could possibly be better than the walls of mist in the morning with no land around you?  What could be better than a world of constant exploration? 


And I find myself in Zheng He.  I don’t want to have job working construction on the Great wall of China. 


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