RATIONAL OR SANEST PEOPLE THAT DEVIATE FROM TRADITION & CONVENTION ARE USUALLY REGARDED AS MADMEN IN SOCIETY
People called him mad man but I was surprised when he moved close to me, and said, “can I ask you a very important question?” I nodded, in acceptance, and then he asked, “am I a mad man?”
The obvious answer, from a sane person, will be, “no”, and that was what I said. “Thank you!”, he replied; then he said, “just because I don’t see things the way other people do, does that make me a mad man?” “No”, I answered again.
He bent down, wrote “W”, and asked me what he wrote. At this point, I was already feeling ashamed, getting involved in a lengthy conversation with him.
In a hurry to leave, I said “w”, but I was amazed when he replied to my answer, “You only see ‘W’, because of the angle at which you are looking at it. If you turn upside down, you’ll see “M”; from the right side, it is “3”, and from the left side, it is “E”.
The fact that I don’t see things at the perspective that everyone is seeing it doesn’t make me a mad man, he said. Then he left.
I pondered for so long about this though; and more, its application to life. We act, and relate to people, based on the perspective at which we are looking at their situation.
Have you taken your time to look at other possible perspectives, views and angles, maybe, a little from their own view before we judge them?
I then decided that, before I get angry with, or act against, or judge, anyone that has done something unfavourable to me, I will view it in at least three possible perspectives, mine, theirs and others’.
So, before you judge people, before you rage your anger on them, take a little time to view their angle or perspective, and, if you still cannot see a reasonable reason, then you may act REASONABLY .
Please, desist from using your limited and transient knowledge, skills, position or influence to underrate, blackmail, vilify, demonize and judge someone else BECAUSE HIS IDEA IS DIFFERENT FROM YOURS.
Senator Abraham Adesanya was once quoted saying that people with novel ideas are usually seen as madmen in the community, only for people to come back and worship them later in their lifetime, or after their demise.