By Sogo Owolabi
As I settled down to my lunch on an empty corner table in the office cafeteria today, I noticed a medium-sized fly settling in across me on the same table. I felt my jaw tighten as the fly landed on the white table cloth and bounced off almost immediately. It tangled with another fly in the air and they both returned, perching for a few brief moments, on my table!
My disapproval of having to share my table and guard my food from the restless germ carriers was just registering in my consciousness when I heard the much welcome pop of the bug zapper hanging on the pillar across me. One down I thought satisfactorily, only to see three flies take its place on the table.
“Go to the lights” I thought, “shoo”. They took to flight one after the other as though they actually heard me… “pop”, “pop” and none of them returned.
Returning to consciousness, I pondered on my thoughts and realized that in a few seconds, my thoughts had traveled from acknowledging unwelcomed company to wishing the inglorious demise of the unwanted company and a rather glorious relief following their departure. Yet, if anyone had asked me what was on my mind, I would have replied “nothing” and I would have been absolutely sincere.
It was really nothing.
The mind ponders so much without knowing it, constantly hovering over a lot of ‘nothingness’ when left to itself. Sometimes leading us into the very dark places of our memories and imaginations and at other times, helping us imagine light out of darkness, love where there isn’t so much and peace in the face of pressing troubles.
So, next time you catch a friend with a blank stare and he tells you he was thinking about nothing… he was probably plotting the inglorious demise of some flies and planning for them a grand funeral.
Our thoughts take us to places we’ve never been and sets us on paths we never considered, opening us up to new possibilities and ideas- the beginning of the creative process.
The creative process often times begin with a thought, sometimes a random subconscious thought followed by a series of conscious thoughts towards specific objectives. We all generate new ideas through our thoughts and some of those new ideas are potential genius ideas and inventions that would go on to transform the course of humanity while some other ideas are too lame to even push a fly to a bug zapper.
If our lives were as easy as those of the characters in the cartoons we watch, our greatest ideas would be marked by the light bulbs that’ll go off at the top of our heads when the ideas come, but unfortunately the light bulbs do not come on. We are hardly able to tell genius ideas apart from the plainly crazy imaginations of ambition.
Hence, I wonder what thoughts set us on the path of genius and greatness if the regular thoughts don’t. The irregular ones maybe.
Irregular… abnormal… insane?
Lucius Seneca was quoted as saying “there is no genius without a touch of madness” and some two thousand years after that, Steve Jobs; another great man who dared to think beyond the regular, said these words “the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do”. I mean, how crazy do you think the early aviators of the 1800s like the Wright brothers were perceived to be? Especially since even in this 21st century, some people still believe that the high-tech inventions are products of ‘oyinbo’ witchcraft. Somehow, we can hardly separate genius from madness at least as far as perception goes because we consider insane that which we do not understand and as Henry Miller pointed out; “Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood”
To stand out in this world that seeks to conform everything to stereotypes and standards, one must bravely break away from the demand to be normal. Like madmen, we must live, without the slightest worry of being different.
Pursuing greatness many times is like dancing to a music only you can hear. The drive is from within and usually against the traffic of normalcy and conventional thinking but you must give it a chance, you must dance to your own music.
Sorry, I just had to write about madness
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