in 1530, in the book de revolutionibus, copernicus supposed the mathematical model of the earth (and the rest of the planets) traveling around the sun. the book was allowed to be published but only with the disclaimer that the ideas were not reality. copernicus died with the reputation of being a fool. galileo picked the idea up a few years later, after it had spread a bit and the world was more ready for it.
history has a reverence for free thinkers post hence, but in their day, they've often been thought of as idiots or considered insane, even dangerous. this perspective starts to make the woo-woo crystal rubbers and even more interesting, the babbling shopping cart pushers in the street, look like possible geniuses. i’m not necessarily promoting these lifestyles, nor would i dissuade anyone from giving them a try, but a gentle extrapolation of this suggests that any of our craziest ideas carries the potential for genius.
don’t be afraid to question anything and everything, even what you “know for sure” to be true or untrue. so much of our thinking in terms of “the way it is” has at least a moderate chance of actually being quite different, and the possibility for so much more.
most of us hold our dreams in check by trying to think in terms of what we’ve been taught is possible. when we un-clip the mental leash of social acceptability, our imagination gets to run free. if we disregard our reputation and choose to live outside the good opinion of others, opting instead to follow our internal guidance, we’re sure to meet with some disapproval. we’re also much more likely to engage truly new and interesting experiences as we go.