“Being unreasonable is not just a state of mind. It is also a process by which older, outdated forms of reasoning are jettisoned and new ones conceived and evolved.”
This is the introductory sentence of the book: ‘The Power of Unreasonable People’ by John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan. All revolutionary figures in their time were considered unreasonable, out of touch or even downright crazy prior to the revolution. As George Bernard Shaw beautifully stated: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adept the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
In an imperfect world filled with turmoil and wrong-doing, we need leaders in this who challenge the norm and urge people to think about the possible alternatives. These leaders are the ones seen on prime time television, nor do they command great armies. No, they are the unspoken heroes of society working one day at a time in the fringes. While the mainstream may neglect these leaders, their real and positive impact on the world will surely persist.