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the exception

by Laura Doom

Genius
is the drive to create
a universal panacea
while the family collapses

08/01/2004

Posted on 08/01/2004
Copyright © 2021 Laura Doom

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Posted by Ashok Sharda on 08/05/04 at 04:09 PM

Well, the cost and the purpose needs to be balanced. If the cost is small ( and this is relative and subjective) one cannot stop the family from a collapse. But the point is who else is paying the cost? Not at others cost. Genius ought to know this balancing.

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 08/10/04 at 06:17 PM

Unfortunately, it does seem as though "the drive" naturally ends up excluding the family. The drive, the compulsion, the obsession to see brilliance from beginning to end (does light every really stop?)...huh. I never thought of it that way, but it certainly seems true. Or, maybe, we only HEAR about the families that collpase. I wonder why it is that way? Sad, that such amazing advancement might cost the genius his family. :-(

Posted by Mara Meade on 08/15/04 at 07:30 PM

My first impulse was to laugh... this is SO true. (I delight in truths...even "hard" truths.) Your perception is sharp and so well expressed!

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