What if I call you a wonderful writer, artist or a genius?
Either you would believe it or not believe it!
Human Nature One
As discussed in another blog post before, we are too quick to accept negativity. If I appreciate– you will doubt it. You need to hear those things from myriad other people before accepting them.
Human Nature Two
Our societies are ego based structures. Altruism is our nature but ego suppresses it. If I appreciate you as a genius–firstly you will not accept it-secondly if you do–you will keep observing me–and then–if I call another guy a genius and then another–you will label me as someone who exaggerates. Why?
Because by very definition of genius–someone who is exceptionally bright is called that. So I should not call everybody a genius. What if everybody is a genius?
You will say–yes, you might be talking about that quote of Einstein where he says that a fish can’t climb a tree and a monkey can’t swim as good! Yes, that is true different people are designed for different things–so I am a genius writer and he might be a genius painter and so on!
No, but if you are appreciating him as a genius for his writings and also appreciating me as a genius–what is there for me? My self-esteem was dependent on being “different from the rest.” That is what feeds my ego so nicely. If I am like everyone else–if all writers you meet everyday are geniuses then whole purpose of my exercise and striving after excellence is defeated isn’t it?
Yes and No.
Human Nature Three
First: Everyone is a potential genius( In the conventional sense of the word!) Second: It’s very much possible that everyone I meet is a genius for me because their creations delight me. Here I use genius in a different sense than the conventional meaning. In ancient Greece everyone was a genius I have heard. What will you do if everyone around you is a genius? Will you lose all drive and purpose for living?
I am all for healthy competition but taking excessive pride in perishable things is not more than neurosis. I utter 4 lines and immediately I want to make them copyright, why? Because we have together created a society where abundance is lacking. We don’t have abundant wealth, abundant resources and we are looking to steal from others. There are many generous souls and many fearless souls who don’t care for copyright or being called a genius because they create out of love! If you create out of fear–as most artists do–your creativity will be limited–no matter how great a genius you have been called by the society. Maybe you are getting credit for some different merits which you earned before and not for creativity–in any case–creating out of love is living in bliss every moment and in extreme bliss all creativity stops as only harmony remains.
So if you call everyone a genius and encourage them and educate them–what will I do? I will create a separate guild of geniuses. Only snobbish people who are geeks and who look down upon your so-called geniuses will be permitted in our guild and then we will appreciate each other as geniuses–though we will always have doubt lurking in the back of our heads about our geniuses. What a cancerous game we play!
That is why true educators and liberators are persecuted, ostracized and hanged. Women should not be encouraged–they can’t be geniuses. Some classes of society don’t have it to make it big. Some races are inferior than others and let’s keep it that way and so on!
Why do we want separate existence? Why do we want to be exalted as geniuses? Because we need to be loved. But love doesn’t need to be for “achievements.” In fact the love which is for your extraordinary qualities is not love at all! “My momma will love me only when I am a God,” is a phrase I read in a book which discussed narcissists. The very people who we shun by calling them ‘ordinary’ are the one who exalt us. When they exalt you- you don’t stop to think how much their exaltation is really worth when you had labelled them as ‘ordinary and fools’ in the first place! This is such a grand delusion that almost all artists and geniuses have hard time going beyond it.