Most societies do not take their greatest thinkers seriously，even when they claim to admire them.
In this busy，packed and dull world，people‘s most important concerning is how to make a living. They work assiduously to make money，to support their family，to purchase houses and cars. Hardly one common individual knows who their greatest thinkers are，not mention to take them seriously. Admittedly，in some cases，people claim that they admire the greatest thinkers; however，they actually know little about what the greatest thinkers’ thoughts are. The fact is，in history of human civilizations，most societies do not take their greatest thinkers seriously，even when the greatest thinkers are seemed to be respected.
Generally，whatever societies the greatest thinkers are in，they have similar characteristics，such as high intelligence，eccentric temperament，wide range of knowledge，and the most essential one： the deeply and often predicted thoughts，which is the product of real wisdom. On one hand，it is the thoughts that distinguish the greatest thinkers from the mass. On the other hand，it is also the thoughts，however correct and predicted，which cause these elites out of the mass‘ sights and put them into an embarrassment in which few can understand them and their thoughts. A proper example is the passional German philosopher and poet Nietzche. Nietzche is a pioneer，whose profound exploration in philosophy influenced the descendants deeply. Yet his life is miserable and full of tragedies. Without money and job，Nietzche lived an impoverished life， which along with loneliness defeated him at last： he became insane when 45，and died 10 years later. Until that time，almost no one knew him or his thoughts. Even today，many people including some scholars call him mad philosopher.