It is the gifted, unorthodox individual, in the laboratory, or the study, or the walk by the river at twilight, who has always brought to us, and must continue to bring to us, all the basic resources by which we live.–  Caryl Parker Haskins

There are only five notes in the musical scale, but their variations are so many that they cannot all be heard. There are only five basic colors, but their variations are so many that they cannot all be seen. There are only five basic flavors, but their variations are so many that they cannot all be tasted. There are only two kinds of charge in battle, the unorthodox surprise attack and the orthodox direct attack, but variations of the unorthodox and the orthodox are endless. The unorthodox and the orthodox give rise to each other, like a beginningless circle-who could exhaust them? -Sun Tzu

try the unorthodox or the untried

As individuals we are always in love with the tried and the orthodox. We tend to follow the paths, which others have gone though. One thing however, that has propelled the world forward over the ages is the urge of a few to do the “undoable” try the “untried” and think the “unthinkable”. This is shown in all aspects of human existence-Religion-Martin Luther, Calvin, Mother Teresa; Education-Montessori, Tai Solarin; Politics-Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King (Jnr), Murtala Mohammed, Science-Stevenson, Thomas Edison; Computer – Bill Gates, Steven Job, Law– Lord Denning, T.S. Elias,Kayode Esho, Gani Fawehinmi and Communications – Ted Turner, McLuhan, Graham Bell, Marconi and Raymond Dokpesi, to mention a few. These and others try ways and means that are different from what the majority thought or did. This ability gives them distinction, uniqueness and puts them ahead of others. This feeling of being different builds their self-confidence. It makes them as individuals to feel there is nothing they cannot do. It also makes others to think so about them too. It is not that they do not have flaws, failures or have weaknesses but people do not think much about their weaknesses but instead think much of their positive achievements no matter how small.

In all cases-history attested to this- those who tried the unorthodox always link up with a force or power beyond them. They may not be churchgoers or even fanatics but their anchor had always been/a force or power, which resides outside them. They may call it God as in Martin Luther King (Jnr) or Martin Luther or truth in the case of Mahatma Gandhi. It is this  that they focus on most. After trying the unorthodox, these people respect their self worth. They feel happy within themselves and no matter what their opponents try to do in order to destroy them, they are always single minded and believe in themselves and their Creator. This makes people to respect them. Even up to the point that when the opposition tarnishes their reputation as in the case of Tai Solarin, Martin Luther King (Jnr) – a lot of people still believe in them and perceived that the tarring of their reputations are just efforts in making them look fallible.

 

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