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I disagree — there were hundreds of scientists working in the era of Einstein, and without them Einstein would not have reached the conclusions he did, despite them thinking he was destined to fail. His peers weren't crazy, they were the mainstream successes of their time. Here's to the crazy ones who flew in the face of adversity, success or not.

Stallman firmly fits within the statement: "And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

Stallman may not be popular, but you can't argue that he's not crazy, flying in the face of adversity, and has had a great influence on the state of computing today.

> Here's to the crazy ones who flew in the face of adversity, success or not.

No. My whole point is that they only chose the proven (and famous) 'crazies'. There's only room for 'success'. No room for the 'or not'. Stallman is proven to a niche of techies, but outside that niche, people think he's a whack-job, despite his profound effect on computing as a whole.

I've got a high opinion of Stallman, but Stallman is very much the kind of 'crazy' that Jobs would want to hide. Not 'bankable' enough.

Listen to the whole message. It's about the crazy people who end up changing the world. Hence proven and famous.

(Meanwhile, from a storytelling perspective, it would be needlessly distracting to have to simultaneously educate people about some quiet unsung heroes. Your implied alternative version would be unworkable.)

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