In sum, one cannot put a price on the ability to spread one’s wings and to fly freely, as opposed to being confined and confounded by a negative and toxic environment that is shaped by a zero-sum mentality and paradigm. Freedom and the ability to spread one’s wings and to fly freely stems from an entrepreneurial energy and spirit which in turn comes from an abundance mentality and paradigm towards reality rather than a zero-sum mentality and paradigm towards reality.
Viewing reality through an abundance mentality and paradigm rather than a zero-sum mentality and paradigm might seem odd and insane to most people. But as Christopher Ferguson has demonstrated in a book titled “How Madness Shaped History,” virtually every individual who has left an indelible mark on history and has achieved extraordinary things – whether for better or for worse – has demonstrated some degree of madness. Although Ferguson espoused a critical view of the madness which defined the extraordinary figures of history, it was implicit in his work that madness catapulted certain people to the level of a history-maker, whereas the overwhelming majority of people who are considered “normal” remain insignificant and trivial to history.
Ultimately, great people in history are considered great by their posterity because of their achievements and their ability to achieve goals. Thus, personality plays a major role in a great person’s ability to achieve things and to achieve goals. If there is a method to the madness, and in turn if the madness and the methods behind the madness play a fundamental role in one’s achievements and the achievement of extraordinary goals, then madness becomes the primary differentiating factor between what is considered the world’s top “one percent” versus everyone else.
Apple once put out a “Think Different” campaign, and in one of their releases, they wrote:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently…They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
One of the most famous books of our time which elucidates the link between a certain degree of “madness” and greatness is by Nassir Ghaemi, titled “A First-Rate Madness.” As Ghaemi showed, one of the fundamental axioms or rules of history among philosophers and thinkers is that genius cannot exist without insanity, and vice versa. And through the course of his work, Ghaemi corroborates this axiom or rule.
D.H. Lawrence is someone I have referenced through the course of my last few blog posts. Lawrence was yet another great person in history who accomplished everything he set out to accomplish and enjoyed life at the same time, despite the censorship and suppression of his work during his lifetime. Yet, despite the censorship and suppression of his work, Lawrence gained recognition and received acclaim for his extraordinary work. He even wrote a poem for the censors and “editors” of the world whom Brian Stelter and others love so much, which was unsurprisingly titled “Censors”:
“Censors are dead people
set up to judge between life and death.
For no live, sunny man would be a censor,
he’d just laugh.
But censors, being dead men,
have a stern eye on life.
– That thing’s alive! It’s dangerous. Make away with it! –
And when the execution is performed
you hear the stertorous, self-righteous heavy breathing of the dead men,
the censors, breathing with relief.“