Be Unreasonable: The Boat Needs Some Rocking

In my last post I left you with one of my favorite quotes:

“The reasonable man spends all his time adapting 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 ShawMan and Superman (1903) “Maxims for Revolutionists”

Today, I wanted to discuss it a bit more in depth. Maybe when you read the title you thought, “why would I want to be unreasonable?” And you’re right in thinking so, because the word UNreasonable has such a negative connotation in our society. But, thats precisely why I like it.

The negative connotation given to the word unreasonable comes from the basic idea that being reasonable is the best way to live. Think about it, from a young age we are told that we should go to school, get good grades, get into a good college, work hard, get a good job, settle down, and have a good family. But what if you want to live a GREAT life? I never once heard anyone say, “Work hard in school young man, so you can get a great job.” I hope that even in reading that you can hear how odd it sounds.

So why does society do this to us?


Well, unfortunately, if they didn’t teach us to strive for good, all hell would break lose. This is because if everyone was “great,” then that would be the norm. And if that were the norm, then greatness would lose its meaning. This is an interesting paradox because greatness implies standing out, rejecting the status quo, and being abnormal. So how could we make being abnormal… normal? You guessed it… Its impossible.

THE TAKEAWAY: The next time someone tells you to be a bit more reasonable, maybe you should question their motivations. Are they trying to stifle you? Or are they just trying to make sure you don’t rock the boat? Perhaps deep down, they themselves were too afraid to rock the boat and want to see you do the same – misery does love company.

Every single one of you has greatness inside of you, so don’t be afraid to let it shine. For if you do, you will give those around you permission to do the same. The world needs you.


4 thoughts on “Be Unreasonable: The Boat Needs Some Rocking

  1. Aww the famous status quo – which literally means “This mess we are in”. Why is everyone trying to fit in when God designed us to stand out? I agree let’s rock this boat and get this party started. Dive in…. the water is fine…. and you may even walk on water if you keep your eyes on the goal!

    • thank you for your comment Alex. I really like the metaphor of walking on water you mention here. Logically, we may know that we cannot walk on water, but there is no way to find out if we can unless we step out of the boat!

  2. To piggy-back on that, the fact if you fail or not to “walk on water ” or to be great is besides the point. Many greats have failed. But they all took the risk, the chance, and had the belief that they could succeed. Note: To not succeed does not mean to fail. Not trying and not believing is failing. If everyone could succeed on the first time, like you said, then the norm would be ‘great’ not ‘good.’ The greats all found their way. And the world only remembers their greatness!

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