Back in the 1920s an eccentric South Dakota historian named Doane Robinson looked up at the mountains of his native Black Hills region and saw something no one else had. Faces. Huge, granite faces.
They were only there in his imagination and when he shared his idea of carving the faces of great American presidents into the side of a mountain, most people thought he was out of his mind.
Last summer I took my family on a long, wonderful driving vacation through the Badlands of Dakota and to Yellowstone in Wyoming. On the day we visited Mount Rushmore, I couldn’t help but think about the that crazy visionary, and how, more than 80 years later, over two million people come each year to be awed and inspired by his “crazy” idea come to fruition.
Sometime the crazy people are the ones who come up with the winning ideas. Our entire, amazing National Park System was the product of bold, visionary leadership. Courageous, crazy innovators with conviction ultimately persuaded the highest levels of government to set aside short term thinking and create something for future generations.
We could use a little more of that brand of “crazy” in these difficult times.