it means coming up with ideas to do things in a better way that are obvious when you step back and think about them.
Or to challenge conventional wisdom or thinking or ways of doing things, which when you think about them are just plain stupid.
It definitely does NOT mean violating any ethical or moral principles.
But it does mean getting practical and not idealistic.
"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."
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