The people listed above are just a few of the true geniuses from history. It’s not just that they created something great but that they accomplished so much in their lifetimes.
The question that keeps coming to my mind is “do we have people like that living today?” Who is making the next great discovery? Who is changing the way we think? Who is going to be remembered 100 years from now for having been a true genius?
I asked one person this question and his response was “I think there are people today who are just as smart as these geniuses but because so much has already been discovered, it’s not as easy to make such a big difference these days.” While I respect this person opinion, I don’t believe he is correct. 100 years ago they probably thought the same thing.
My fear is with so much outside stimuli (TV, Internet etc) the next potential “Einstein” might not get around to doing something so great but let’s hope that isn’t the case.
If you think you know the next genius, do whatever you can to make sure that person has the resources at his or her disposal to do the things that really will make a difference. It might mean some sacrifices for you and me but the benefits for mankind will make it worth it.
Have a great day!