I think if we want to be “game changers” in life, we have to be willing and courageous enough to break the “rules” that society has created. All the great people throughout history that changed the world went against the main stream of opinion and society by breaking what was considered to be the “rules”. Just because society establishes what it considers to be rules and customs, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are for the good of mankind.Think about it. There are several people I can think of when it comes to “rule breakers” that changed the world. I will name a few.
Jesus Christ– He came into a world that embraced the mentality of only loving those that love you back, and the law of “an eye for an eye.” This was the mind set of even the Pharisees, men who considered themselves to be the religious leaders! Jesus came onto the scene and began to teach the concept of loving those who despitefully use you and loving your enemies. In the Bible in Matthew chapter 5, Jesus told his disciples to love their enemies and pray for those that despitefully used them. Through Jesus Christ was born Christianity. I think it is fairly obvious that Christianity completely changed the world.
Abraham Lincoln- Regarded as one of the greatest Presidents to ever serve our nation, Abraham Lincoln took a bold and courageous stand against slavery. His stand on the issue of slavery was not a popular political position with many of his rivals of the day, but Lincoln was willing to risk “breaking the rules” to achieve what he knew in his heart was right; the abolishment of slavery.
Martin Luther King- Without a doubt, the most influential activist and “rule breaker” during the civil rights era of the 50’s and 60’s was Martin Luther King. During a time when African American citizens were being wrongfully persecuted, and not given the same rights as citizens of other races, King was courageous in campaigning for equal rights for all people, regardless of race. In his famous I have a Dream speech, King said, “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” He stood his ground for what he believed to be right, eventually losing his own life defending his beliefs. His willingness to be a rule breaker changed the nation as we know it.
Mikhail Gorbachev- Gorbachev had the courage and strength of character to give up the absolute power of Soviet Communism. It was through his efforts that the Soviet Union was moved to democracy and respect for human rights. Gorbachev enabled the Berlin Wall to come down giving freedom to Eastern Europe. Because he had the courage to break the rules, life for thousands in Eastern Europe was change for the better forever.
These are just a few examples of people who refused to fear the opinion or rules of the masses, knowing that they could change the world. My point is, if we want to see change in our lives and the world, it requires doing something different. Sometimes doing something different involves taking a stand that isn’t exactly popular. However, it is this kind of boldness and determination that brings about change. We have to do something different if we want change. It has been said time and time again, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We all need to be the change we wish to see in the world, and sometimes that means breaking the rules.
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