Advice on Unreasonableness Tonight I am going to champion the cause of unreasonable people. Does anyone here consider themselves to be unreasonable? OK. You are VIPs of the world Let us start with a quotation from George Bernard Shaw: ‘The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man’ To illustrate my point I shall consider the case of Galileo. Galileo was self-confident and arrogant, and his strident criticisms of Aristotle and support of Copernican theory left him isolated among his colleagues. He was sacked by the University of Pisa in 1592. Despite his brilliant scientific work such as development of the universal law of acceleration, his challenge to accepted opinion led to Inquisition in 1632/33. Threatened with torture he made a half-hearted apology and lived under house arrest for the rest of his life. However his work to show that the earth revolves around the sun and we are not the centre of the universe remains accepted to this day; except perhaps by a few Creationists in minority religious groups. Even the Catholic Church lifted its ban on his books in 1758. Progress depends on innovators and Innovation requires unreasonableness. Innovators are confident and resilient; they set their own agenda and standards. They are able to drive an idea forward in the face of opposition and adversity. They are risk-takers with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. They understand that innovation is not just about creativity it requires the stubbornness to follow through and implement their ideas. Modern role models include Richards Branson, Jeff Bezos and James Dyson. So can I call upon those of you who claimed to be unreasonable to drive this Rotary Club forward into the twenties, to ensure our survival while the reasonable ones amongst us enjoy a peaceful life on the side-lines?
Advice on Exercise Anyone here do extreme marathons? OK, I may not upset too many people with tonight’s advice. My attention was drawn to this topic when I read the views of the leader of the free world. Such an eminent person deserves the courtesy of active appraisal of his ideas. The following quotes indicate the Donald’s views on exercise; they were taken from a CNN website article. "He considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy," "The only workout Trump gets is an occasional round of golf. Even then, he mostly travels by cart. After college, Trump mostly gave up his personal athletic interests; he came to view time spent playing sports as time wasted. When he learned that, one of his executives, was training for an Ironman triathlon, he admonished him, "You are going to die young because of this." Trump said he was not following any special diet or exercise regime for the election campaign. '''All my friends who work out all the time, they're going for knee replacements, hip replacements — they're a disaster,'' he said. He exerts himself fully by standing in front of an audience for an hour. 'That's exercise.'" Now I find it difficult to believe that a zero exercise regime is recipe for a healthy life, I do think there is a middle ground. Spinning classes where you spend an hour on a bicycle going absolutely nowhere stretches my definition of enjoyable healthy exercise. Walking the dog over the hill in Minewood is more to my taste. However, moderate exercise does not get you addicted to the endorphin high which extreme exercise activates. These athletes get really grumpy with their withdrawal symptoms if they are unable to go to the gym after work and get an hour’s dose of mind numbing painful exercise. So my advice this week is exercise enjoyably, take up darts or snooker or for those of you looking for a little more aerobic stimulation get on down to a Try Curling session at the Peak and take up the sport. We need a few more potential players for the Rotary team.