Quote by Barry Jones
If you have the same ideas as everybody else but have them one week earlier than everyone else then you will be hailed as a visionary. But if you have them five years earlier you will be named a lunatic.
This quote suggests that timing is crucial when it comes to being perceived as innovative or insane. Having unique ideas slightly ahead of the crowd may earn recognition and praise, labeling an individual as a visionary. However, when ideas are significantly ahead of their time, the same uniqueness may lead to ridicule and disbelief, branding the person as a lunatic. The quote highlights the fine line between being considered forward-thinking or being seen as too radical, emphasizing the importance of societal acceptance and openness to change.
What culture lacks is the taste for anonymous, innumerable germination. Culture is smitten with counting and measuring; it feels out of place and uncomfortable with the innumerable; its efforts tend, on the contrary, to limit the numbers in all domains; it tries to count on its fingers.
People who supported Obama felt like they formed a relationship, that they were being spoken to. The way that campaign worked and the way he's worked during his first term is to make people feel like he's grasping their hand, whether it's by tweeting or email, moments after an event, sometimes during an event. It makes people relate to him.