Thursday, March 22, 2007

Unreasonable Man

I like this quote, but I'd change it to human instead of man. But old George was not a man who lived in times where women were considered equal.
Then again, in most of the world these days, they're still not considered equal. Never mind.

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."

George Bernard Shaw


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Karl said...

This quote is curious to me because it creates a dichotomy between self and surroundings. I would not draw such a clear distinction.

For instance, if one lives in a community that is cold and unfriendly, and makes the the decision to warm the community by various acts of kindness and friendship in the hopes that they will be reciprocated and echoed throughout, is that not both a change of self and surroundings?

I would suggest that we change the world as we change ourselves. (someone probably said in a more novel fashion elsewhere)

"Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis." Ralph Waldo Emerson