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Benjamin Drury - June 15, 2020

Unreasonable people change the world

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

George Bernard Shaw

Mahatma Gandhi was unreasonable in his non-cooperation with British rule and boycott of British goods in the early part of the 20th century and his country was forever changed.

Galileo was unreasonable when he championed of heliocentrism and was branded a heretic. He became the father of observational astronomy and modern physics.

Emily Davison was unreasonable when she interrupted the 1913 Derby and helped to secure the vote for women in Great Britain.

Rosa Parks was unreasonable when she refused to give up her seat in 1955, but she lit the fuse for the bus boycott that contributed to the civil rights movement.

Nelson Mandela was unreasonable when he preached forgiveness and even met with the widow of the man who’s policies imprisoned him, but he set a nation on a path the healing.

Roger Bannister was unreasonable when he refused to accept that running a mile in under four minutes was impossible. Now 1500 people have done it.

People that refuse to accept the accepted norm change the world. People that will not be swayed by the majority or the loudest or the most popular make us all better.

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