Oscar Wilde once said, “An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” Having been asked whether this suggest that a “Dangerous Idea” is necessarily a qualitatively good idea, it was decided to write a “two cent’s worth” of analysis. Most humans when presented with danger either decide to stand and fight or take flight. This is true even when the danger is not of the physical kind. “Flight” is the preferred choice in most of the cases, it avoids risk of failure and leaves one feeling secure in one’s comfort zone. An idea is only dangerous when it can (and probably will) expose one’s limitations.
In management speak, “stand and fight” has a potential to translate to the curtain dropping on one’s “Oh so promising” career. This possibility is exactly what makes a “Dangerous Idea” the only one worthy of being called an Idea, since it has the potential to “making you a man!, my son”.