“A fanatic is someone who redoubles his efforts when he has forgotten his aim.”
– Chuck Jones
This is one of my all time favourite quotes.
I see this in real life all the time. I see people jump through endless hoops, redouble their efforts and for what ? To get to where ? or to get what ? If you have ever watched a Wile E Coyote and Road Runner cartoon, you will see Wile E go through seemingly infinite amounts of Acme products to try to get a skinny little bird. Honestly Wile E, just order a Pizza for delivery. Ya, I get it… pizza delivery doesn’t make for good entertainment. Chuck Jones knew that when he created the Looney Tunes cartoons and his various characters that he animated. In fact in an interview, he said that Wile E Coyote would never catch Road Runner.
The great part of Wile E was his undying determination. Nothing would shorten his resolve. I give the guy full credit for determination, but failing marks on executing it effectively. Do I see this all the time… you bet your boots I do. Am I guilty of doing this… oh, very likely. One thing I don’t feel bad about, is that this happens to much smarter and more highly paid people than me. In fact I just finished watching a video that so epitomizes this, that it’s actually extremely frightening. Here’s the video:
Breaking the Taboo (it may be a bit long, but it’s worth watching)
The most frightening part of this video is seeing all the people who have been murdered and the families and communities that have been destroyed along the way, due to the “War on Drugs”.
Ok, let me set the stage here… and don’t get me wrong here… I’m not saying drugs are necessarily a good thing. And also, this is the part where I do not make any judgement calls on you if you are a drug user, that is your prerogative and your choice. A drug dealer, well that’s a different story.
The wonderful part of this video is that some very intelligent folks have gotten together and have decided to do something to try to break the cycle of the violence, murders and criminal activities. Prohibition didn’t work, and the tactics being used today are no different from those used back then. This my friends is called being Fanatical. Thinking that throwing more money, more guns, more whatever; and that this will help solve the problem. Ultimately the people benefiting from this method of thinking, are arms makers and funeral homes.
The old mindset is to do more, more money in policing, more arrests, more technology to track shipments… That spending billions of dollars and the loss of countless lives is acceptable. This method is basically continuing to do the same thing all the time and expecting a different outcome… that is what Chuck Jones so aptly referred to as “Fanatical”. The best part of this video is that the message of doing something different, and that different method is finally gaining some traction.
The new mindset is that by doing something different, and approaching the problem differently, then you can expect a different outcome. I’m not saying all narcotic drugs should be legalized, but I’m not against it if this can be done in a regulated and safe method.
Bill Clinton has a fantastic line in this video and I couldn’t help but quote it here;
“The truth is that the war on drugs, is a war fought inside the heart and mind of everybody who thinks of using them, but I know that lives can be saved, that their worth saving, that it’s never too late to start, and as long as you have your personal freedom, the ability to think, you have the chance to do better. Don’t give that freedom up. That’s my message”
The quote doesn’t only apply to the War on Drugs. I think that the most important part of that quote is this.. “ it’s never too late to start, and as long as you have your personal freedom, the ability to think, you have the chance to do better. Don’t give that freedom up.”
It’s never too late to start. So start ! Be different, think different, don’t let someone else kill your creativity. Don’t let someone else tell you it can’t be done. Don’t look Down. You have the chance to do better ! Make a difference, and try not to be Fanatical along the way.