“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?” -Albert Einstein
“You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like Heaven.” -Jimi Hendrix
“Don’t let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you’re crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you’re lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you’re greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn’t understand.” – Robert G. Allen
I have recently rediscovered Einstein’s quotes, theories, and life view over the past year and I think he was onto something bigger than the main history books teach. Innovation in this society truly happens a lot more slowly than we give it credit for. The truly innovative ideas are often dismissed as crazy, and unreasonable until enough time has passed and the idea has grown into widespread acceptance. Sure, we have breakthroughs in technology all the time, but it seems to take so long for the rest of the world to wake up and accept amazing discoveries as fact. Think about how you would try to explain the world isn’t flat to a world of people who would vow to their children that the world is flat. The age of the Sphinx is a great modern day example of this. There is an abundance of evidence that suggests that the ruins are much older than mainstream textbooks claim, but because it challenges what is widely accepted as creation, anything on the contrary to mainstream belief is being swept under the rug.
My point is to you– all of you lonely people out there who feel the grain of people are constantly against you–that you are in great company. The greatest thinkers in society throughout history have been mocked, hated, misunderstood, tar and feathered, hung, and even imprisoned and tortured. Keep the faith. Hold on to your convictions, and trudge forward fearlessly into the direction of your wildest dreams. Don’t stop for anyone, and when you finally reach the top, the naysayers will seem so small. When you stop trying to win the people over that don’t believe in you, the real miracles occur. Let go and let yourself keep dreaming big… the world truly needs it.