A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MADNESS

Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso was a man ahead of his milieu. He spoke bluntly and decisively. Even though a bullet cut his life short, his words, like his legacy, have outlived even his detractors.

In an interview with a Swiss Journalist, Sankara said:

You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future”.

As I ruminated on his words, I came across Edgar Allan Poe. I know this sounds insane (*winks*see what I there? ) but he said:

Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.”

Reading on these two gentlemen got me thinking.

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

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