I passed by a postcards-counter in a restaurant recently, and one particular card caught my eye:
“Tolerate Genius”, David Ogilvy.
Think about it. How many of us actually do?
Albert Einstein once said, “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” If we examine our own experiences, we are more likely to find that a reality. And that’s what a genius faces each day. Opposition. Violent opposition. In spirit, in thought, and in acceptance. Yet, if we look back in history, we would not have moved beyond the Stone Age if it weren’t for unconventional thought. We would spend the rest of our lives in the belief that the Earth is flat and we are at the centre of the Universe. No discoveries to be made. No inventions. No nothing.
Isn’t it time we made it just a little bit easier for geniuses to do their job? Isn’t it time we Tolerate Genius?