It raises some very interesting questions. I’ve alway suspected that despite the popular maxim that says not to reinvent the wheel, greatness is to be found in the path less traveled.
There’s an ad campaign being run by a popular bank in my country – Bank PHB; one of the captions is:
If it’s never been done, you’re lucky. Go invent it!
So below is the poem. For you poetry lovers, it is without doubt a beautiful poem. If you are not really into poetry, just be patient as still read it. You’ll find the message a worthy one – if you were in his shoes, which path would you have taken?
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads unto way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence;
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
~ Robert Frost (1916).