Albert Einstein wrote, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Here’s an illustration:
Once upon a time, the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of a “New World,” so they organized a school. They adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming, and flying. To make it easy to administer, all animals took all the subjects.
The duck was excellent in swimming, better in fact than his instructor, and made excellent grades in flying, but he was very poor in running. Since he was low in running he had to stay after school and also drop swimming to practice running.
This was kept up until his web feet were badly worn and he was only average in swimming. But average was acceptable in school, so nobody worried about that except the duck.
The rabbit started out at the top of the class in running, but has a nervous breakdown because of so much make up in swimming.
Same happened for the squirrel (frustrated in flying, excellent in running)
At the end of the year, an abnormal eel that could swim exceedingly well, run, climb, and fly a little had the highest average. And was valedictorian.
-The Animal School, By educator Dr. R.H. Reeves.
Back to Albert Einstein’s quote.
Many people see it, and have various takes on it.
What’s your take?
Is everybody a genius?
Are there any stupid people?
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