“God created the world, but it should have immortalized the genius.”
That was the end of a chat with my parents about Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012), the Brazilian architect that while he was in hospital (May 2012) said he would like to go home and keep working on his projects.
It is impossible to not be proud of someone like him. Niemeyer was 104 years old and a renowned architect with over 80 works scattered around the four corners of the world. I think he is an inspired example that should be followed, so I wondered what the world would be like if all geniuses were immortal.
Genius: noun – a person with extraordinary intellectual and creative power. One who has such a talent or inclination: a genius at diplomacy.
I questioned myself, what would happen if all these geniuses were gathered together for a debate? Lets bring them all together, shall we? Among our brilliant guests I would like to present:
The physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955), the painter Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), the artist Michelangelo (1475-1564), the musician Mozart (1756-1791), the father of analytical psychology Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961), the ex-football player Pele (1940 – until now), the singer Michael Jackson (1958-2009), the genius of diplomacy Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), the chemist Albert Hofmann (1906-2008) and the writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014).
After everyone was seated in their places, I started the debate.
“Dear geniuses, I would like to ask a question and the answer will depend on your own genius.”
The room was quiet so I carry on.
“I would like to know what advice would you have for us, humans but not genius (yet)?”
The geniuses first reaction was to laugh at my question but there is no such thing as a stupid question. So after the excitement, Albert Einstein started the debate.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge”, the physicist said.
Pablo Picasso had a different opinion. “I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. I do not seek. I find. Art is a lie that enables us to realize the truth.”
Pelé agreed with him: “That is what I told once to Ronaldinho: Never say you are the best. Let the others say it.”
Mozart thought his answer was good but added: “Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul genius.”
Michael Jackson agreed and said: “My advice will be please, go for your dreams. Whatever your ideals, you can become whatever you want to become.”
Mahatma Gandhi wondered: “Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself.”
However, Michael Jackson reflected about his opinion: “Ok, but if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change.”
Carl Jung spoke his thoughts. “Only what is really oneself has the power to heal” and Gandhi added: “In the great battles of life, the first step to victory is the desire to win.”
Jung smoked his pipe, crossed his legs and said: “Life calls not for perfection, but for completeness.”
Michelangelo was the oldest of the group and when the guys finally let him speak he said: “Genius is eternal patience. I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
At that moment, everyone looked at each other. Albert Hofmann, who hadn’t uttered a word until then, saw his friends surprised with Michelangelo’s quote and said: “Turn on, tune in, drop out.”
The geniuses didn’t understand what Albert mean it with that, so Gabriel Garcia Marquez thought it was better to conclude the debate: “Everything is a matter to awaken your soul. Life is a continuous succession of opportunities.”
I was pleased with the debate and the geniuses left the building while I stayed for a little while, lost on my thoughts. Suddenly I felt a gently hand touching my shoulder. It was the playwright William Shakespeare (1564-1616). I had forgotten to invite him but as the news had spread, he decided to break the English protocol and watched everything from behind the curtain. He sat next to me and it felt he knew what I was thinking because he said: “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.”
So my dear readers, don’t be afraid, be a genius.
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