It is easy and acceptable for existing organizations to allow its traditions and long tested methods to become barriers to innovation and progress. Maintaining the status quo, making decisions that result in the minimum of resistance, choosing control over empowerment, balking at new ideas, and “don’t rock the boat” become the values most lived out. People are implored to be reasonable. Reasonable being code for adapt yourself to where we are and what we are doing. But reasonable seldom provides the needed momentum for the relentless pursuit of real change.
Movements, if they are going to get traction, need unreasonable persons. It was George Bernard Shaw in his Maxims for Revolutionists that stated, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
It is time to pursue a measure of unreasonableness. It is time to live in such a manner that adaptation is made. It is time to courageously, boldly and purposefully to build toward real progress. Let us be unreasonable, together! Let us persist. Let us participate in authentic change.