Happy Thursday! We’re almost there! So I was thinking about book ideas, because I want to try to get one written soon, but I have a lot of trouble with what I call long term ideas. That being, effectively, that my mind has ideas that last a cool 10 pages pretty easily, maybe 20, but once we hit more than that, I run out of things to say on one story. I’m not sure if this is due to a lack of direction, organization, etc, but sometimes I feel like I just don’t have the wisdom to write a full book.
Which is not true in reality. I can write a book, I just have to dedicate more effort to it. The wisdom is in my mind somewhere. Which brings me to today’s subject: wisdom. Where does it come from? Genius is a word people like to throw around a lot now today; statements like “Steve is a genius,” and so on. Originally, to my understanding, genius was more of an ethereal entity that was channeled in moments of brilliance—hence why anyone can be a genius nowadays. For whatever reason, we turned genius into an individual aspect, rather than an ethereal one.
This is really interesting to me, since wisdom is a stem off the same branch that genius exists from. And the reality with wisdom is that anyone can be found as wise, depending on their words, who they are heard by, and how they impact someone. Parents of young children out there know exactly what I’m talking about. Think about those times when children ask really inspiring questions, or they say something that makes them sound more like an old sage than someone who crapped their pants 20 minutes ago. Right? But a baby can’t be a genius, at least, not by our modern societal standards, because they simply don’t have enough experience in life. They also can’t be seen as wise, right?
Well, in all honesty, I think that this effectively demonstrates that wisdom, and by extension intellect, is a relative term. The reality is that anyone can be smart given the right timing on a statement. And sure, we have a quantitative measure of intellect with IQ, but these tests typically only show a specific kind of thinking. I think that’s why children often can catch us off guard with their brilliance—because they haven’t been trained by a specific style of learning to think a certain way yet, and because of this their minds explore territory that ours either haven’t at all in life, or haven’t explored in quite a long time.
So I guess the take away from this discussion is that it’s important to do more listening in life. Anyone can speak their mind, and sometimes they will sound brilliant. Other times not so much. But we don’t get to just filter the good out from the bad in our lives. We can limit it to some extent—for example, turning the TV off when Trump is going off and being bigoted, or changing the channel. That’s fine. But silencing someone everyday in your personal life isn’t fair, simply because they may not have thought through their statement properly. Maybe the next thing they say will be the smartest thing you have ever heard.