Let’s not call him that…

There are days when I have a grand topic to discuss on here (or rant about). And then there are days where my thoughts are scattered but I still feel like sharing. Yes, I could probably discuss this with my dog and save you from my nonsense, but I can’t. He’s busy, he’s watching the raindrops fall, occasionally barking at ones that he finds personally offensive. Yes, I could share my ideas with my boys, or even save them to discuss with my husband when he returns from work. Heck, I could even call up a friend and say, “Hey, wanna hear a random thought?”… but they’d probably think I’m crazy. So I’ll share my thoughts with all of you. Because I know that, if you’ve visited my blog recently, you already know I’ve got a few screws loose. (And I like to live in denial of the fact that everyone around me thinks that, as well.)

 

So here is a thought for today…

 

Most everyone in the world who has ever heard of him, consider Einstein to have been a genius.  I’ve never heard anyone refer to him as anything less, as his knowledge and ideas were incredible. I just wonder if anyone ever stopped to think that maybe he had a different point of view.

 

I recently read a quote from him that said, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” 

 

 

Reading that quote made me think that maybe he and I would’ve gotten along. And not just because I’m also curious (read:genius), but because, as intelligent as he was, I don’t think he’s deserving of the title ‘genius’. And quite possibly, considering he just thought of himself curious, he probably would not have called himself a genius either.

 

 

I really do have a problem with him being bestowed this honor, though honestly it doesn’t have much to do with him. My thought is, what was the last thing you referred to as being ‘genius’? I’m pretty sure the last thing I said was genius was probably in reference to the writers of the cartoon Johnny Test. Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve referenced some of my favorite humor authors work and called it that as well (And he’s usually talking about boogers and vending machines in Japan). It seems that the word has lost most of its meaning, and a lot of its impressiveness. And I know I’ve definitely contributed to the problem.

 

 

So, I move that we should never refer to Einstein as a genius again, as so many of us keep that word so readily available for things/people/ideas undeserving. He deserves recognition for the many great ideas and thoughts he gave this world, and endless quotes of great wisdom like these-

“The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life.
Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.”

 

 

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has
its limits.”

 

   “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has
learned in school.”

 

For statements like that alone, it seems he should be given a greater title. A title that is more pronounced, more grandiose and perhaps one that has never been used before. The problem is, I have no idea what such a word should be. It’d probably take a genius to figure that out.

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3 thoughts on “Let’s not call him that…

  1. I agree with you. And I think that the people are too lazy and when someone show that we could do more than just watch the time running out , call him a genius so they can still doing nothing.

  2. Would it just be too meta to call this post genius?

    Regardless, I really, REALLY loved it. So good and such a good point to bring up. The word has been watered down so much (I’m super guilt of it) that it’s lost it’s meaning.

    Passionately curious is a fantastic label and a brilliant way of putting it.

    1. Thanks, Knox! I think if we looked at what words we used, ‘genius’ would be only one of many that have lost their true meaning. Maybe I’ll start a list…

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