“Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish’s intelligence by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend the rest of its life believing that it is stupid.”
It has been two weeks since I actually wrote something that actually made sense to me. Something that actually made me feel anything out of the ordinary. Make no mistake, ideas swim in my mind all the time but that does not mean I can turn them into words and essays. For I often feel misunderstood when I try to elaborate a subject. Whether it is related to emotions, economics, politics or even simple philosophy, there is this constant feeling that people might not understand me .
For more than a decade, this notion has made me feel uncomfortable about my thoughts. I constantly felt that I did not fit. This feeling was even strengthened when I discovered the song Sick Boy by The Chainsmokers. It turns out that living in a world strongly filled with narcissism and pride can be threatening to staying true to who one really is. This is so disturbing that we might shut our own voice in order to comply with the noise outside of us.
“People are always afraid of what is different.”
It is very easy to be different. It is very easy to say that we are not normal as in fitting within the norms; and we often tend to say that in a negative way. We try so hard to conform to what society wants us to be, even if it means missing out on the many things that we can achieve. I understood that during these past two weeks when I started two new series: Freud and Scorpion. Although it contains a strong amount of historical and psychological inaccuracies, Freud has an interesting aspect that is also reflected in Scorpion: both series show geniuses unable to fit in society, like ‘normal’ people. The protagonists are often seen by other characters as ‘weird and crazy’, discrediting any work they accomplish as it challenges the status quo.
Being a genius is not related to getting straight A’s at school; that is called being a bright student, but it does not mean that one is a genius. For example, Albert Einstein was unable to speak until the age of four and had mediocre grades at school. Sigmund Freud was discredited from the hospital where he was studying which turned him into a mockery figure in nineteenth-century Vienna. Galileo Galilei was threatened to be killed if he did not deny his theories, like Nicolaus Copernicus almost a century before him. Alan Turning was sent to an asylum because of his homosexuality.
The rest, as they say, is history.
“All children are born geniuses; 9,999 out of every 10,000 are swiftly, inadvertently degeniusized by grownups.”
–R. Buckminster Fuller
Connect this if you will to the way some students struggle with classes, bearing in mind that the education system we live in today is unable to fully grasp all the components of the multiple intelligence theory. Grades do not determine your intelligence and therefore are not proof that you are a genius. Not getting high grades at school does not mean that you are a failure or are dumb. It just means that you have a different type of intelligence that might be related to science, math or economics.
The lesson here is to remember that there is nothing wrong with you if you are going through what I have been talking about in this essay. Being misunderstood or mocked for having a different point of view does not mean that you are crazy or stupid. The challenge becomes in surrounding yourself with people who can understand you and help you grow. This takes more time than you think. Remember, no one will ever be able to understand you fully.
As for parents, their job is to believe in their child and accept them for who they are. Parents are a child’s backbone, so if they do not believe in their own blood, who will? Tear down the stereotypical images on which kind of person your child is supposed to grow into. This will not help them grow.
I am not a genius, but I hope to fit in this quote one day:
“The world and human progress as we know them today are the results of people who were once portrayed as sick by society.”