Kottke, quoting Vonnegut.
Could just three types of specialists really be responsible for any successful revolution? Even a scientific one?
First type – a true genius: “a person capable of having seemingly good ideas not in general circulation.” By themselves they are just lunatics.
Second type – a thought leader: “a highly intelligent citizen in good standing in his or her community, who understands and admires the fresh ideas of the genius, and who testifies that the genius is far from mad.” By themselves they are unsatisfied.
Third type – the integrator: “a person who can explain everything, no matter how complicated, to the satisfaction of most people.” By themselves they are ignored.
But together they change the world. At least that is the idea.
And I think there is a germ of an idea.
I fit in the third type and I am really good at it. But I’ve recognized that my skills often only have real impact when I connect with those of type 1 and 2.
By myself, I am often ignored. Any calls for change are put aside, the fear of change is too great.
But when my words are put into the mouth of the right person – often a thought leader – they get heard and acted on. And when I take the ideas of a genius and make them understandable for the group, miraculous things get done. The group wants change, they want a revolution.
Let’s figure out a way to connect these three together and see what happens. What important and useful changes could we produce?