August 27, 2009
There was one day when my friend and I were talking about people that we admired when he suddenly turned to face me and said,
"Don't you wish you were as smart as Einstein? Or as musical as Mozart or as poetic as Shakespeare? If I was that smart or musical, I'd be writing great symphonies every day, or working on great unknown problems. Can you imagine how it would feel to be that gifted? Patrick, if you were as smart as Einstein, what would you be doing?"
I was a little surprised to hear him say that, and I thought deeply about the question for a bit before replying,
"Nothing that I'm not already doing."
He didn't reply to what I said that day, but I hope my friend caught what I was trying to tell him in my reply, and didn't misinterpret it. I wasn't trying to say I was as smart as Einstein.
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