Where Have All The Geniuses Gone?

You’ve been taught that there’s a right answer and that there’s a way to get there.

Transitive Property.

Pythagorean Theorem.


There’s a right way and there’s a wrong way.

We’re only going to ask you questions to which we adults already know the answers.

But when was the last time school taught kids to work on problems that had no right answers?

When was the last time we prepared them to fail again and again and again, without knowing when it would finally make sense?

School was designed to create compliant factory workers, not geniuses.

If I asked you to name a genius, you’d probably say Einstein.

And you’d probably say that he was a genius because of his DNA.

Almost no one would refer to an idea as genius, but would rather refer to the person as one.

And the statistical probability of having more geniuses is higher than ever, now that we’re around 8 billion people on the planet.

So we know it’s not the DNA.

So then where are all the benevolent geniuses?

The problem isn’t the DNA, the problem is the system with which we’re educating.

And if you want to have a society where people have genius ideas, relentless execution, and profound social impact, we’re going to need a system that’s thoughtful, enriching, and practical enough to give people a chance.

There are geniuses all over the place, we just never notice in the Age of Distraction.

And the cool thing is that anytime you’ve had an original idea, you’ve been one, too.

2 Minute Action

When was the last time you put your phone down for 5 hours so you could zoom out, identify and solve problems you’re facing?

Perhaps a better question is: when will you?

It takes 2 minutes to look through your calendar and block out the time.

You’re ready.

You don’t need to “know what you’re doing,” because no one does.

That’s just the reflex your schooling has installed in your brain.

You’re ready.

You have everything you need to start.


Published by chris danilo

Carbon-based. My mission is to teach the next generation to care about the world, to know how to change it, and to take relentless action. Stalk me: @theCountDanilo everywhere

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