Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Insanity Of Genius

Quote of the day :
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line
Oscar Levant
(1906 - 1972) 

Oscar Levant once said, 'there's a fine line between genius and insanity. I couldn't agree more and come to think of it,some of the greatest inventions in man's history could be said to be moments of pure genius and insanity combined. 

There have been varying correlations between 'genius' and 'insanity', people with outrageous thoughts and ideas are often said to be insane. 
I mean i still recall the conversations and arguements i've had with friends,you know brainstorming and sharing ideas when all of a sudden you share an idea-and they go 'no it's not possible', or 'it hasn't been done before', 'you can't do that' or some other random replies. But such is life,and i sure have learnt how to take criticisms and it actually helps.

We've all read of the story of the Wright brothers,they built and flew the first airplane. Now imagine yourself as the Wrights in 1905. You've got this incredible, miraculous, uncanny invention, but what do you do with it, how do you sell it?Won't people think you to be insane to claim that you can build a machine that could fly ? They had a brilliant idea, and even though they didn't have all the answers they went on with it without fear or holding back-because of what people would say. 

Most genius's or those with high IQ's think on a different scale than the average person, and seem a bit insane. 

Leonardo DaVinci: was a great painter, designer, scientist, futurist and thinker. He also had the gift of dyslexia.
One remarkable indication that Leonardo was dyslexic is in his handwriting. Leonardo was constantly sketching out his ideas for inventions. His extraordinary artwork and inovation are proof that he truly possessed the gift of dyslexia.

Socrates: Socrates presented a photo-paraesthesia which enabled him to gaze at the sun for considerable time without experiencing any discmonfort. Socrates also often danced and jumped in the street without reason, as if a freak.

Van Gogh: became mentally ill at 35 years old, and it was at this time that he created his most famous paintings. Some scientists believe that he was suffering from lead poisoning because in all of his paintings, Van Gogh shows rings around any light sources, and seeing rings around light was a very common symptom of lead poisoning. Van Gogh's insanity became gradually worse. He started mutilating himself out of frustration, and at one point cut off his own ear. Convinced that he was not getting any better, Van Gogh took his own life at age thirty-seven, ending his talent and silencing his emotional pain forever.
The list is endless. 

There is also a thing line between love and hate and of course a lot of other things. Fill in the blanks if you may. It is very much often said that there is a thing line between this and that. 

Take love and hate for instance, the two most tragic emotions or passions if i may call them that.  

When we hate, we do so with so much passion and when we love as well, it is the same thing. Sometimes we hate to love something, and vice versa. 

Do we really love with all our heart, i mean can love turn to hatred as time goes by due to some unforseen circumstance. Can hatred turn to love along the line. There is a fine line between a lot of things, what would yours be ?

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