I used to love Einstein’s quote “everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life thinking it’s stupid”
However now I don’t see it that way at all.
I’ve been called genius a few times now in my life and I’ve never liked it. Because I’m not, no one is, it was a well-intentioned statement, but it’s a judgment, by one person on another.
I did an IQ test and I can tell you according to that, I’m not a genius.
As the quote above says “judge a fish” what happens if we judge others by this word genius?
I know when my teacher called me a genius, it caused separation between me and my other class mates, while patting me on the back, it insulted them. It said you are not!
The really painful thing is, that it made all my hard work void and made it look like to the rest of the group, that its some natural ability that I had.
I failed school I did not pass my leaving cert (high school), everything I have today has come by putting massive effort in.
What would have happened if the teacher acknowledged my hard work? What would have happened for the rest of the people in the class room?
Even though this word was well intentioned, it had the exact opposite effect upon me. I know her intention was to boost my self-esteem, at the time, but because of that careless use of a very common word, she caused exactly the opposite effect. She increased alienation upon me, further increasing my insecurities, at the time.
I now fully believe that genius does not exist and it is a judgement, that causes separation between people, with different skill sets and is ultimately an insult, detracting from the work the person really put in.
How would you like to be labelled stupid or ADHD are these judgments true? I know I had both of these, on me, at one time too.
We are ever changing growing beings. When I was in school, I was stupid, based on schools judgment system and when I was in college doing something I was interested in, I was a genius, based on their judgment systems.
The truth is, I’m just me, I’m good at what I’m interested in, that I put effort into and I’m not at the other stuff.
You are the same.
I see us all as creators, you are the creator of your life, you choose where to invest your time. Who am I to judge, I don’t know you and any system that deems people anything, is always their opinion, not what reality really is.
The truth is, you don’t know what you are capable of, so how can they? Simply because we change every day.
We grow, so we cant be judged, by any standards.
We are only limited by the stories we tell ourselves.