Archimedes, Leonardo Da Vinci and Galileo, now almost make the unanimity as being three geniuses of our past. But during their lifetime, they were misunderstood, maligned, ridiculed and condemned.
They did their job by conviction with creativity and invention against adversity. All three have changed our world with nothing except a conventional human brain with an unconventional imagination. Their five senses were quite common, their memories were quite standard, but they had an unusual desire to understand and learn things.
Being a genius hinges on a few things: a refusal of accepted wisdom, and the desire to offer better. They want to put the present on the way to a better future.
Does this type of character still exist today?
Of course, nowadays it is the same, our geniuses are misunderstood, maligned, ridiculed and condemned.
The Archimedes, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo—able to change our current negative environment—can easily be identified. They are there, and they just want to work.
So tell me why does this not work?
No need to go very far to analyse the situation, this is a trivial issue of power allocation. Politicians, financials, and regulators are the only ones who arbitrarily decide what priorities are. Their guiding principle is rationality. And consequently they lack ideas and imagination.
To rational minds, imagination does not exist. Or they do not take it seriously. Geniuses do not ask for money or recognition, nor for any advantages. The geniuses of yesterday and today require only one thing: to be left alone to work with their brain. With their brains full of imagination, fed by sensory intelligence, they only need some paper and a pencil and they will change the world again.
It is urgent to offer to our current geniuses the freedom to dream and think. It is urgent for our society to learn to listen. The future will be better if we give voice to the inventors. In our democratic decision-making, we need to have the audacity to focus our attention on sensory intelligence. On gut feelings.
And for a moment that would ensure our survival, no longer be academic or cartesian.
Pierpaolo Pugnale, Pécub, Corporate philosopher, Switzerland
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