After watching this awesome Buzzfeed video, another idea for a post came to mind.
In my mind, true rebellion is not overturning the applecart on everything “conventional” and “normal”; in other words, I do not think that someone who is constantly reinventing the wheel just because the wheel is a conventional item is being a “rebel” as much as being an idiot.
On the other hand, however, I don’t think that people should be boxed in by dogma and the “well-worn path” either. My solution, therefore, is indifference to convention, meaning to make your decisions not based on whether they are conventional or not, but instead by other factors (e.g. efficiency, how fun it is, ethics).
And, to end our little weird discussion here, here is my quick list of the top 5 “different thinkers” who have shaped the world as we know it.
5. Galileo Galilei
For saying that the Earth went around the Sun and not vice versa, he was persecuted by the Catholic Church, a very powerful force in the Middle Ages.
4. John Lennon
Besides revolutionizing the music industry and defining a generation, this Beatle also transformed pop culture, the way people think, and, maybe even more importantly, the way we feel, even after the disbanding of the Beatles.
3. Steve Jobs
According to his biographer, Walter Isaacson, he was the man who “revolutionized six industries” (animated movies, digital publishing, music, personal computers, phones, and tablet computing) and changed the world with his entrepreneurship and ingenuity. And about how he was a rebel…I mean, just look at the picture. Need I say more?
2. Albert Einstein
Overturning the applecart on Newton’s laws of physics, e=mc2 was only a fraction of Einstein’s genius, as he was also one of the people behind the Manhattan Project, which developed the world’s first nuclear weapon. A definite testament to his intellect is the word “Einstein” having become an adjective in the English language, meaning “brilliant” or “keen.”
1. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jailed and ultimately assassinated for his belief in equality, King was a major force in the African-American Civil Rights movement. Influenced by Gandhi, he used nonviolent protest and civil disobedience to protest segregation and racial inequality, with enormous success and also influencing many later peaceful dissidents’ thinking.
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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson