The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. (George Bernard Shaw)
This quote has flitted through my mind for years now, although I never actually knew who said it until today when I looked it up to blog about it. It bounced back into my head yesterday watching my son teach himself to use yet another piece of software that I wasn’t aware we owned: sound editing.
He’d downloaded a song from one of our approved internet sites, and then he realized that the song contained a curse word. I suppose in today’s culture, it would be reasonable to expect obscenities and simply to accept it. Or to follow the classic line, if you don’t like it, don’t listen to it. My son refused to be reasonable (no big surprise to those of us who know him best). He imported the music into the software, located the exact position of the word, and clipped it out. Then he loaded the music onto his PSP to listen to.
Objective accomplished. World adapted to self. A little self-education thrown in (is this one of those “independent learning” moments that homeschoolers are supposed to be fostering?).
Sometimes, I like unreasonable.