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?


15 thoughts on “A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MADNESS

  1. If I had no fear of failure, I’d start a small trust or ngo that helped the needy. With a fear of failure, I am scared to raise bring their hopes up!

  2. But if you knew you couldn’t fail, would it really be madness to try? And would you have that certain amount of necessary madness? Maybe your point is that you just wouldn’t need any madness!

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