Monday, April 03, 2006

How ordinary people become extraordinary

To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think makes men martyrs or reformers--or both.
- Elizabeth Charles, writer (1828-1896)

This is a good description.

But it doesn't go quite far enough. A poet, sage, martyr or reformer has the ability to assemble disparate bits of information into a cohesive whole, to understand its significance and its consequences, then devise a plan to implement that plan in the way of his choosing.

These people are considered to be heroes, especially after their missions (and usually their lives) are over.

While they are alive, in our midst, they are feared as much as they are respected. They are spectacles to be admired or keenly observed from a distance.

In general, they are ordinary men who have learned how to do extraordinary things.

They have done what they needed to do.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to show how ordinary people can become extraordinary.
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