The Desperate Need for Unreasonableness

"Only the truly enlightened know that gender is a social construct."
Leadership requires unreasonableness. There is no other way to put it. As Victor Hugo wrote, “You have enemies? Why it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea.” George Bernard Shaw wrote something similar when he said, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” 

Being a leader means strategically but unflinchingly saying what needs to be said and strategically but unflinchingly confronting those who are opposing the right way forward.

A central problem in our society is that many people can see the nonsense. It is obvious and many joke about it in hushed tones around trusted friends. But few say anything.

It is strikingly like the parable of the Emperor's New Clothes. The intelligentsia all say the emperor has clothes. Anyone that is educated can see the clothes. In reality, everyone see the emperor is naked. But no one will say anything.  For, to say something, we are taking a chance. We are risking being thought hateful. We are risking being thought uneducated. We are risking being caught in the internet bleep storm, getting doxxed, and having our lives destroyed. And so, we all nod when the scholars tell us that the emperor has new clothes.

And true leaders are few and far between.


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