Tuesday, May 19, 2009
What Genius Is This?
I got to know David Brooks during the recent presidential elections when I was obsessed with news coverage and the election debates. He wrote this opinion piece in the New York Times a few weeks ago, which deserves a good read by all of you budding modern geniuses out there. Here's a charming highlight: "If you wanted to picture how a typical genius might develop, you’d take a girl who possessed a slightly above average verbal ability. It wouldn’t have to be a big talent, just enough so that she might gain some sense of distinction. Then you would want her to meet, say, a novelist, who coincidentally shared some similar biographical traits. Maybe the writer was from the same town, had the same ethnic background, or, shared the same birthday — anything to create a sense of affinity....it would also help if one of her parents died when she was 12, infusing her with a profound sense of insecurity and fueling a desperate need for success." Sound familiar to anyone out there?