Genius; Are You One?

I recently finished reading chapter 1 of Hiromu Arakawa’s Silver Spoon, a manga about a genius from a high quality Prep School in Japan who decides to go to a really easy dairy farming high school so he can end up being the smartest in the school. As one would imagine, things like math, languages, history, etc. come rather freely to him seeing as how he somehow manages to memorize a large book of facts about farming statistics and the sort. He soon discovers that while his fellow classmates may be morons in terms of things like that, when it comes to anything even REMOTELY associated with farming, they go on a complete tangent.

NOW, one might ask themselves, how much is there to do with farming? It involves taking care of livestock and maintaining crops right? HOWEVER the reader is soon introduced to EVERYTHING to do with biology, including advanced evolutionary theories, the mechanics behind the cells in a body, a few theories involving cloning, and most importantly, knowledge regarding college level genetics. All by students who couldn’t possibly hope to pass a 7th grade math test. The main character immediately points out the insanity behind this logic; how is it that people so DUMB can be so SMART?

This reminded me of something a friend once told me “people work hard at what they want to do,” meaning, obviously, that a person will try their best to accomplish what they want to accomplish, and not what they find uninteresting. It’s noticeable throughout the world, and the distinction between the very smart and the not so often has to do with the factor of interest. A hard core video gamer might memorize long passages regarding beating their favourite video games, however give them a copy of “Catcher in the Rye” and ask them to simply tell you what happens and they’ll draw a blank. And don’t go around telling me I’m using an extreme example that is influenced by a) their culture b) their sociological state and c) their psychological abilities.

The same experiment can be conducted with literary scholars. Give them a copy of Halo 3, The Conduit, Mass Effect, or The Legend of Zelda and ask them to perform a very basic analysis on the topic and they’ll fail to hint at anything past the implications the games have on our society and past. Give them a copy of “Catcher in the Rye” and they’ll tell you that Holden Caulfield is one of the strongest literary characters and why in a heart beat. Better yet, ask them to beat the covenant horde, take down the Drudge, destroy the Reapers and crush Ganon (whether dorf or otherwise) and they’ll either think you’ve lost your mind, or fail miserably during their first attempts. This is all due to interest in the subject, and our own interests as well, this much is obvious.

This interest creates such a distinction between the smart and the dumb, that it amazes me that we, and I for the most part, even bother pointing out those differences. Even more aggravating is the fact that most of the people that we consider “geniuses” try a hell of a lot harder than you or I will ever try. They are people who devote their time perfecting their specific arts, whether they be scientific, musical, or visual; the people who practice playing the piano for 3 hours a day; the people who review equations over and over again to find new ways to solve simple problems, ways that help them solve more complex problems; the people who practice coding in html or php or java so they can apply to wherever and get the position, whether at Microsoft or Digipen; the painters who spend an hour picking their colours, their brushes, and their canvases so they can create whatever their imaginations come up with. They practice everyday over and over again trying to achieve their dreams, and their goals.

What more, it is this concept of hardwork that separates the “successful” from the “unsuccessful.” Which brings up the point that to be a genius, you need to do something you ACTUALLY want to do and spend A LOT of time doing it, which, quite frankly is daunting for the rest of us. What if you don’t know what you want to do? Then what happens? Are you worthless if you don’t have a dream? I don’t know. All I know for a fact is that if you have a dream, stick with it and try your best to achieve it. Make sure it’s something you really want to do, and make sure that whatever it has to do with, it’s interesting to you. My opinion on the matter? If you have a dream, hold on to it and NEVER let it go. If you don’t have a dream? Well, Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!…
Lala how the life goes on!

As always, this has been your Admin, and DO remember! Everyone has a dream; it’s just that some people have more determination than others to get knocked down and get back up over and over again so their dreams are fulfilled.


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