A call for impudence

Albert Einstein, according to Walter Isaacson’s biography of him, enjoyed being impudent and showing his contempt for convention (page 67). Being impudent includes some virtuous qualities such being bold and audacious. One online dictionary includes cheeky as one of the characteristics.

Isaacson wrote, “The squabbles show that Einstein had no qualms about challenging those in power. In fact, it seemed to infuse him with glee.”

Blind respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.—Albert Einstein

We have examples of blind respect for authority. Consider this message from Bernie Sanders that he posted on Facebook. He names two families that warrant more impudence than they are presently getting sent their way.

Bernie

I have never shopped in a Wal-Mart, and I will continue my perfect record of abstinence. This post is a statement of impudence. Writing it brings me a certain glee.

Another eloquent appeal for men to show more initiative is contained in Elizabeth Nyamayaro’s TED Talk on gender equality. She says a lot in 12 minutes.

How about you?

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