Sunday, 31 August 2014

Everybody is a genius.

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." Albert Einstein.

A quote attributed to Albert Einstein got me thinking how we can so easily generalize from a specific. For example, if we are not a great wit we think we are boring. This human tendency is at the core of so much of our low self-esteem and feeling bad about ourselves.

The secret it seems, is to stop seeing ourselves as a single entity. We are all made up of hundreds of different component parts - our abilities, our skills, our artistic leanings, our interests, our levels of competitiveness, our intelligences, our emotional maturity and all our different personal qualities such as humour, kindness, generosity and temperament.

We are all capable of doing something better than others. We would all accept that we have specific weaknesses but should reject that having these weaknesses makes us an overall no hoper. In fact by self-acceptance of what we are in all our facets we can also recognise in some particular dimension we are also a genius.

Adrian
The Moodscope team.