I have been called a genius by many. At times, I’ve been more specifically called even a creative genius. For some reason, and this may be a terrible fault on my part, I don’t see it. I do have a rather unique perspective on a great many things. Perhaps I am more keen in some areas that many others are. But I have a very hard time considering myself as a genius.
Honestly, we aren’t really taught the definitions of creativity and genius in school. We see something different and unusual and assign these words so loosely to them. Many curiosities that we encounter day-to-day are often considered works of “genius,” I believe that something that is “genius” is something that is useful and changes some way of understanding or doing something. Someone who is a genius is a person who can do that on a consistent basis, I suppose.
I have heard that genius is making the very best out of what you already have and making something new out of it. I suppose that’s a good definition. But for my purposes here, I need a more concrete understanding of not only the words but the very ideas. I need to unravel the very essences of what creativity and genius truly are.
It somewhat feels silly to me to ponder what should seem to be simple concepts. But I think we have too general an understanding (if you can even call it an understanding) of what true human genius and creativity involve. If anything, this is an exercise to try and get my brain to ask more questions about general concepts.
I need to delve into them to see if there is more underneath that is essential to my purposes in trying to best convey myself. I wish to not keep these discoveries only to myself. They should be shared, and they shall be. At the very least, my attempts will be well documented.
Perhaps, the very meaning of understanding truly needs to be better understood. I feel that understanding has become almost too synonymous with memorizing. There are so many things I still need to understand that I was already convinced I understood... whatever it actually means to understand.
Perhaps a genius is actually just someone who thinks too much for his own good, and drives himself crazy in the process. Then, sadly, I am not so pleased to admit that I am the epitome of that sort of genius. But all emotional masochism aside, let’s tackle first the most simple of these three things I have mentioned so far: creativity, genius, and understanding. That’s understanding.
I think before we even get to creativity, or even genius, understanding is the thing that most needs to be understood. I may be getting a bit confusing at this point, but bear with me. Through this series of notes, I think I will eventually make the point I’m wishing to make.