True Invention

True Invention - 5.7.2021

I'd like to share the following once more

"And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things, because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new." (Niccolo Machiavelli, source)

Who exactly stands with a true innovator?

If one considers their work innovative, yet has support of others, the level of innovation may be greatly overestimated, or even non-existent.

People who benefit from old ways often look to preserve them. And people who would support the mad scientist only do so as long as its comfortable.

Teamwork is so glorified today. Some view it as a source of synergy and believe an arithmetic number of ideas can be acquired. But unfortunately, there also exists arithmetic sets of opinionated criteria. Any new idea is subject to running the gauntlet, of which increases in length with each person.

The bystander effect is supported by a mountain of research, though to be fair with some critique. Not everyone is in a position to help and should not perhaps be pained with regret if they witnessed something impossible to assist with. But lets set these cases aside. Do increasing numbers of people anesthetize the urgency of people who are capable of helping?

Opposition to me has become a sign of progress. Funny enough, opposition comes with those wishing to oppose the idea, and with those wishing to copy and compete. Competition is similarly a sign of progress.

I avoid rainbow ruse statements, and my disclaimers will not be such. Some may read and erroneously think there is a problem with teamwork, or think teamwork is "bad" (both of which are completely nebulous). Teamwork has its uses, but perhaps great diminishing returns when measuring innovation. Innovation is a lonely path. To what extent is it selfish or unwise to stop listening to others?

What's not often spoken of is how much the people disbelieved Alexander Fleming when he discovered penicillin. Was he being selfish by pursuing his research? Should he have just listened to others? Thank goodness he didn't.