Reasons why you must ignore the nay-sayers
Because there IS Sense behind Non-sense.
It is not uncommon to see people call “non-sense” on something one has remarked or presented as a new concept or idea. Most commonly, the reason is that it does not make sense to the person calling it non-sense. Something new, something avant-garde or something radically different to the popularly held beliefs is usually termed non-sense.
It may not be difficult to understand that the other person has not understood what you proposed. Perhaps, the concept is in such an incipient stage that even as you mention it, you are still figuring it out. The reason why something seems “sensible” is because it is either common practice or it is easier to perceive through one of the sensory organs.
There are innumerable examples of “non-sense” being called on pioneering concepts. Leonardo da Vinci drew an airplane much before the Lehmann Brothers actually invented it. At the time, he was termed nonsensical to think that anything except birds could fly. People who conceived concepts that did not corroborate with the religious views were labeled heretics and many a time burned at the stake. For example, Giordano Bruno, a scientist and mathematician of the 16th century, proposed that the earth revolves around the sun. Since at the time the Catholic Church taught that the earth was at the center of the entire universe, this proposition by Bruno was labeled heresy and he was consequently burned at the stake (Burke, 2010).
Sometimes a person has a satori moment which is more like the eureka moment when you suddenly receive the new concept or idea as a gift from the unknown realms. It is an unexpected yet pleasant download to the brain. However, since the concept is just received, you are still unable to fully comprehend it yourself, sharing it with others may be fraught with rejections. People can easily call it non-sense.
The person getting this wonderful download though, must have the attitude of gratitude. Something, somewhere has decided to send this novel concept to you. Since you were tuned in, you received the information. If you weren’t, probably someone else would have. Isn’t it common in a classroom, when a teacher throws a creative question, to have another person rattle the exact same idea you had in your head but you were unsure of raising your hand and answering?
Hence, if there are people who cannot perceive and thence, recognize the merit in your idea or concept, there is no need to despair just yet. You must know that you were the chosen one. That the universe chose you to perform that task. That that task walked itself to your brain. And now it is your duty to bring it to pass. Naysayers will abound. Ignore them. Even if they are the closest people.
Stay firm and explore the idea to its deepest depths. If that seems difficult, never underestimate the power of the right team. Just like in a business activity, where the right team can be the difference between success and failure, so also in life. Find people who share your thoughts, who might see merit in what you have to say. Whether the idea is about a musical composition, or a new aeronautical design or even the most abstract topic, discuss it. Bring it to fruition.
The worrywarts are only people who cannot perceive the brilliance of the power of perception. They are the disadvantaged lot. They are not the chosen ones. All of us, who are chosen to present any new ideas to this world, must be grateful. And it is our job to use all our energy to explore the new idea. That’s the simplest way to create the sense behind what until now is non-sense for others.
Many a times, a child may have a brilliant idea. But, since the elders are unaware of it, they may term it non-sense. That, right there, can nip a child’s creativity in its bud. More often than not, people are solely driven by their sensory perceptions and their cognitive behavior is a result of the interpretation of these perceptions.
But, what needs to be understood is that there is a world beyond what we can generally perceive. That is the sole reason why there are inventions and discoveries. If nothing new existed beyond what can already be perceived, there would be nothing called inventions and discoveries. Hence, the next time someone calls “non-sense” on something you think deserves merit, shut your ears, and go ahead and explore it. Create sense behind this “non-sense” and gift it to the world.
Burke, P. (2010). Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition. Philosophical Studies, 14, 199–200.