I have a number of people quite close to my heart who are all technically considered “gifted”. In laymans terms, (and thus, my terms) they’re geniuses.
They’re all amazing people who have a wealth of gifts to offer to the world, and whether they choose to embrace their gift is their choice alone.
The capacity of their brains and minds are such that amazing things can, and usually do, come from them.
I’m sitting here tonight watching Robert Downey Jr in his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, and Holmes is certainly portayed as having a considerably genius mind. This has me contemplating. The question that faces me is did the geniuses of history face considerable social hardship due to the mere fact that they had great minds?
These days, the geniuses among us quite frequently are placed in the public spotlight thanks to the global reach that the internet brings us. Consequently, we’re not unfamiliar with the concept of genius, we accept it as a part; albeit a small one; of human life. Where would we be today without the likes of Steve Jobs, Stephen Hawking, or even Mark Zuckerberg?
However, the internet is a relatively new medium. Michaelangelo had no world wide web to bring his beautiful works to the world. Van Gogh died penniless having never sold a work. Let’s imagine the audienced that Da Vinci or Aristotle might have had with the benefit of a facebook account.
I wonder how these great men and women were percieved in their own time. How was anyone able to comprehend that a five year old Mozart could write his first sonata, the Violin and Keyboard in C major.
Yes, Shakespeare was considered a remarkable and very popular playwrite, but were people able to see the magnificence of his talents? Or was he considered a celebrity of his time without any thought as to why he was so?
Newton and the apple…. genius? Or was he considered an anomaly, someone that was all too hard to comprehend?
I have no answers here. I’m simply contemplating something that I find myself pondering on occasion.
Perhaps our world would be considerably different if these people had been treated in another way. Either with repulsion or greater acceptance. I imagine our acceptance of the great minds, the so called anomalies, goes a long way towards making this the amazing world that we know.