A quote I found today spoke to me. I have to share:
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
It’s fairly likely you’ve heard that quote before. But have you really stopped to ponder what it means? What Albert Einstein, arguably one of the the smartest men in history, is saying? He’s saying things like factoids don’t mean a thing.
Which means modern society has got it all wrong.
The school system concentrates on hammering little facts of any and every kind into student’s heads, for no reason and often no explanation. These facts are usually quite useless, and don’t really make anyone any smarter. Why is there so much importance placed on knowledge, why is this world so obsessed on teaching the new generation stuff that won’t necessarily serve them as people? Stuff that isn’t really all that useful?
Because we still haven’t opened our minds to understand what creativity truly is. We’re still stuck on teaching kids to cram for tests on things they’ll forget the next week. Grades don’t mean anything. Society is telling you you’re stupid or smart based of a series of flat, fact-based questions. I think it’s time we make a serious shift in our perspective, because fostering this attitude is kind of sad, if you ask me.
Intelligence is shown through one’s ability to imagine. Creatively coming up with answers and solutions, to, I don’t know, the world’s problems. Finding loopholes, making new discoveries. Imitation, then innovation. We need to start appreciating the right brain for what it can do.
Intelligence is so much more than math facts and how to spelling words. Look at Bill Gates,
Mark Zuckerberg, and Larry Ellison: three of the most bright men alive right now, and none of those three graduated college. Their brilliance came through their inspirational and revolutionary visions.
My mom is an extremely intelligent person, although not if you look at her in the traditional, inaccurate sense. She always has an ingenious, creative solution, one that often eludes the rest of the family. She makes discoveries and has the astute eye of one that can tell much through only body language and behavior. These are underrated skills that many others considered “smart”, lack. It doesn’t matter if she’s not the quickest mathematician, or if she doesn’t know the periodic table by heart. Those things don’t matter if she has skills that far outweigh that knowledge, in terms of practicality and inventiveness.
So keep that quote in mind as you evaluate other’s mental capabilities. There is far, far more than knowledge in an intelligent mind.
- Quotes by Albert Einstein on Creative Thinking, Innovation, Problem-solving and Entrepreneurship (compassioninpolitics.wordpress.com)
- Truth #2: You are a genius. (underthelotustree.com)