It does seem to be true when you look at the great innovators in history. Almost all of them had a set of rules they had to at least ignore if they were to make the scientific or cultural progress they ended up making.
Of course, when I say rules I am not necessarily talking about written set of rules. I am talking about the socially understood parameters of behavior, expression, study, investigation, etc.
So, what about the non-innovators? What about the regular joes of the world who just go about their business, who is remembered among them? Are you remembered for smoking in the bathroom in school 1 year after the fact, 30 years after the fact? Are you remembered for being a great, rule abiding mother or father? See, in these cases, I don’t know if this quote really does hold true or not. What do you think?
Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily blog
Quote by Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, American Army General