Write On

By sister alies

I’m not quite sure how we discover genius either in our schools or families. But, there have to be lots of geniuses around or the many incredible things we use- for- granted could not exist. For example, cat’s eyes…in the road late at night so we stay there without other markers. Or Velcro, easily hooking things together that would have taken hours to pin and sew. Or perhaps somethings as simple as scotch-tape, or pencils, or staplers, or newspapers for that matter. Most everything we touch, eat, or see has come from some sort of genius. Light bulbs, and all their generational changes, each generation from different kind of genius. Don’t forget artistic genius…technical drawing introducing a skyscraper or cruise ship. Who invented board games or decided on the final rules for baseball? See, genius comes in many forms and flavors and when we find a child with a large imagination, do we encourage her/him? Books and stories, movies and plays all the works of genius. Car engines and crossword puzzles…each part the work of genius. What about all the pipes below ground or the wires that are hidden in our homes for electricity? Genius. What about people who can fix things, and cook things, and imagine things that never occurred to us? Genius! OK, OK, we all have to study, to learn how to do some things, and then we seem to pass them on. Clearly, however, someone had to be the first to think-it-up…listen to this story:


“Many, many years ago a Bishop on the East Coast of the USA paid a visit to a small religious college on the West Coast. He was lodged in the home of the college president, who was progressive young man, a professor of physics and chemistry.


The president one day invited the members of his faculty to dinner with the bishop so they could benefit from his wisdom and experience. After dinner, the talk turned to the return of the Lord and the bishop claimed that it could not be far off. One of the reasons he adduced for this was the fact that everything in nature had been discovered and all possible inventions had been made.


The president politely demurred. In his opinion, he said, humanity was on the threshold of brilliant new discoveries. The bishop dared the president to name one. The president said he expected that within the next 50 years or so humans would learn to fly.


This threw the bishop into a fit of laughter. ‘Rubbish, my dear man,’ he exclaimed, ‘if God had intended us to fly we would have been provided with wings. Flight is reserved for birds and angels.’


The president’s name was Wright. He had two sons named Orville and Wilbur—the inventors of the first airplane.”


Genius, a family full. Check your family out and see who is your genius of the week.