The Unreasonable Man

My lessons from the Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance


All of us have been subjects of stereotyping. We also stereotype people.

Lower class people have no right to dream. If they do, it’s an inspirational story. People belonging to a certain group are super smart , others dumb. Income defines access. Privilege comes to the chosen few.

These are some of the logical arguments that the world seems to accept and increasingly impose on non-conformists. However, unless the non-conformists fight back, there is no hope for society to change for the better.

Like millions of readers, I have read and enjoyed the Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance. My personal take away has been a reinforcement of my prior beliefs. Your life is a sum of YOUR choices; if you blame somebody, it better be you. There isn’t anything that can limit your progress but your own mind.

One of my favorite quotes of all times is this:

“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, Man and Superman (1903)

“Maxims for Revolutionists”

My wish for all of you is to look for a life beyond stereotypes, take the road less taken, break societal moulds , give others three chances and be unreasonable if only for a brief period.

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Abhishek Kothari

Futurist@The Intersection of Finance, Tech & Humanity. Stories of a Global Language: “Money”. Contributor @ Startup Grind, HackerNoon, HBR. Twitter@akothari_mba