Jonas Salk: I play with words. And at the moment, for some time now, I’ve been playing with the words that distinguish between what I call “evolvers” and “maintainers of the status quo.” The evolvers are people who cause things to change. The maintainers of the status quo do everything to keep things from changing. And, there I see differences in perception, differences in vision, differences in interpretation, and differences in temperament, in personality. The number of evolvers are much fewer than the maintainers of the status quo. And, amongst the evolvers, there are some who are initiators, some who go along with what other people recognize to be new or different.
I have come to associate the kind of success that you’re referring to, to individuals who have a combination of attributes that are often associated with creativity. In a way they are mutants, they’re different from others and they follow their own drummer. We know what that means. And, either you are like that or you’re not like that. If you are, then it would be well to recognize that there were others before you. And, people like that are not very happy or content, until they are allowed to express, or they can express what’s in them to express.
We know what that means. Are we all like that? We are not like that. If you are, then it would be well to recognize that there were others before you. People like that are not very happy or content, until they are allowed to express what’s in them to express. It’s that driving force that I think is like the process of evolution working on us, and in us, and with us, and through us. That’s how we continue on, and will improve our lot in life, solve the problems that arise partly out of necessity, partly out of this drive to improve.