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Genius, if Thwarted

August 20th, 2014 05:00:00 am


Genius, if Thwarted

“Genius, if thwarted, resolves itself in an infinite capacity for inflicting trouble.” - Muriel Spark

 

When I read this, all I could think of were my kids—that's right, my ADD/HD kids. Who, because of their brightness, get bored when they're not challenged or engaged. And yes, they do cause problems. They get restless. They act out, speak out. This is their way of saying, in so many words: “you are not doing your job.”

 

This is their way of saying: you're punishing me, making me sit quietly and feel bored, or endlessly frustrated with a pace of education that is painful. No, you're not doing your job to keep me engaged. You're not taking all of my potential and showing me how to think—how to go out and make the world that I've been handed a better world; how to be a better person, someone that can solve problems, someone that cares, someone that can make a difference.

 

Yes, "Genius, if thwarted, resolves itself in an infinite capacity for inflicting trouble.” And it should.  

 

 

 

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