Ralph Nader

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

-George Bernard Shaw

For those of us who have an activist mentality, for those of us who sometimes have the urge to give up hope, and for those of us who have been told to conform, I share this wisdom with you. Progress depends on us, so whenever someone tells us to adapt, whether it be society, teachers or even our own parents, I advise you to not. Do what you believe is right. Remember this, society does not determine what is right, but rather what is acceptable. Be a soldier for righteousness, not for conformity.

I saw this quote when I was watching the documentary “An Unreasonable Man” which was a piece about the life of Ralph Nader. I have to say, after watching this, I've become a fan. Having learned about his life, I now believe that I have been more useless than I had previously thought. This man got a lot of things done, and I mean a lot. I can only hope that I will have such an impressive record when I'm his age. He reminds me of the critical responsibilities that people have but rarely accept, and with his exceptional drive to get things done, it surprises me that he hasn't received universal admiration.