Want to Argue with Einstein? (3 min read)

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: G. Jefferies

Founder & Owner of: Fiction is Food

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Aspiring Author and Writing Writer


My inaugural post as a ‘writer’ for The Millionaire’s Digest. For my part it is a revisit to a quote challenge from some months ago first thrown up on my own blog fiction is food. Strange name maybe, but one tries to feast on fiction and, in my own particular idiom, scribble scribblings to toss into the world because, well, I can….as usual, I digress.

Albert  Einstein, some say, uber genius and, given the Special Theory of Relativity, who am I to argue? Certainly grappling with the finer points, of said theorem, is somewhat exacting; although that might just be me!

My challenge was termed termed ‘genius to insanity’ and one is going to recreate this journey in three  posts where the journey might, or might not, become clear…savvy?

I shall say at the outset that the theme is loose and genius to insanity is more a play on words because it could also be written insanity to genius because, I am told, there is a fine line betwixt the two. I’m also a writer of sorts so that gives me license to abstract.

Beginning with genius; Albert Einstein on idiocy;

“The difference between stupidity and genius

is that genius has its limitations.”

This is an interesting ponderance if the premiss begins with technology makes our lives easier. At what point does it turn to so easy that, unnoticed, laziness becomes the norm? Creeping up like that slow cataract forming and degrading vision over time, but not noticed properly until things are quite opaque.

An elderly friend had this very issue, until they were removed and lo, let there be light…not going blind after all. Of course the same parallel (same dimension but different point in time) found a similar eye related epiphany upon slowly crawling from the back row in a school classroom to the front row. In this case a young friend asked me if I could see properly. After the normalised rebuff and denial, an eye test suggested corrective myopic measures be taken and lo, trees were not just bunches of green. They had leaves and stuff. The back of the classroom was mine again.

On on a non-uber genius level, is tech dumbing us down through laziness. I ask only because, should the Internet become self aware and decide we can’t access it anymore I fear society might, shall we say, struggle.

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human

stupidity and I’m not sure about the universe.”

Infinity is a strange beast. How big is it really? Also, on some levels, finite it must be on the basis there are an infinite number of, well, numbers between 1 and 2, but the summation of this infinite series is in fact 2. There are other weird examples involving fractions and decimals. However, this is not the stuff of philosophical debate, but a series on idiocy fronted by a genius…although, topically, both terms are relative. For those that know me the words ‘to be clear’ will immediately conjure up my thoughts on politicos as they set about a twenty minute (on a good day) diatribe being precisely the opposite. Oddly they seem to gather large followings by saying nothing of substance at all. Contentious it may be, but I suspect the category here is not infinite and Einsteins quote is genius!

“The difference between stupidity and genius

is that genius has it’s limitations”

Not too disparate from the previous quote and, obviously, Einstein thought much on this subject in between relativity and general theories pertaining to it and many more. I resist mentioning politicos here but one may ask the question…why is Homer Simpson funny? If humour reflects real life,then the infamous DOH clearly (political gibberish now follows de facto) means that we tend to iterate tasks without change on a daily basis. An example might be vocalising at failing inanimate objects, namely technology, that is somehow humanised in moments of DOH that declares that it, not us (or me) is stupid. It is highly possible I fall foul of this form of idiocy…

Why not try the three day quote challenge yourselves? The rules are simple and, if taken as fun for a blog series, can provide a mixture of humour and out of the box thinking.

  1. Post one to three quotes on successive days.
  2. Nominate three other bloggers on each post to do likewise.
  3. Link back each time to the original blog from whence the challenge came.

Think of it as shameless blog cross promotion if it pleases you more!!

Finally, if you’ve made it this far, then thank you for reading. Feel free to comment or visit my own blog, or not, as the case may be.


Article Credits: G. Jefferies

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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