Monday, August 07, 2006

Here lies genius

We humans love genius. We especially enjoy looking at the strange turns that preceded the genius' fame. The myths of their childhood and eccentric quirks of their lifestyles.

We are so enamored with the quirky effects produced by great genius that we artificially create them in ourselves, or at least accentuate and propagate them, with the hopes that the causality will reverse and somehow the presence of the symptoms will give us the disease. Or, equally as valuable to most, at least give us the appearance of the disease--genius.

Therefore, never trust a man who openly admits to "tinkering" as a child or "taking apart anything he could get his hands on" or any typical but romanticized habit of youth. While often true of geniuses, it's more often true of non-geniuses. And, more importantly, it's incredibly trite.

Be creative people, really.