Sunday, July 3, 2016

     I always thought it would be so cool to really do something extraordinary, to contribute to the betterment of man, to leave a legacy that no one else could. Does this only happen to those with genius IQ, or can an ordinary man become great? That is a loaded question for day 8 of our new life in Florida, but I am mulling it over this morning as I count my blessings in the sunshine.

     Last night, we saw a brand new play, entitled “Einstein” at our Florida Studio Theatre. It was outstanding. The actor who played the genius truly was one. He nailed the role from the first word out of his mouth. We are so thrilled to be here in this wonderful cultural bubble able to enjoy first-rate professional theatre offering entertaining and thought-provoking ideas.

    The question that surfaced from last night’s production was this:  Should an extraordinary genius like Einstein who recognizes his own talent and feels compelled to devote himself to it for the betterment of society take time to be a real father and husband. Should he spread himself thin trying to be everything to everyone risking the loss of focus, time and energy needed to create and promote his work? Hmm. Interesting question. 

     In the program, there was a list of “great men,” and a blurb about each indicating their “selfish” character flaws. Here are a few:

Edison:  He helped create light bulbs and the motion picture camera.
He also demanded royalty payments from all films made using any kind of camera. This led film makers to leave New York and go to California.

Henry Ford:  He created the Model T in 1908.
He was extremely anti-semitic.

Franklin Roosevelt:  He was President of the United States at a most difficult time in history. He served during WWII and the Depression.
He had an affair with his cousin.

Steve Jobs:  Co-founder and CEO of Apple Computers, he denied paternity of his daughter for years, even after the DNA confirmed he was the father.

     If we think about all the positive benefits to society that resulted from the incredible drive, focus, talent and genius of these men, can we fault their human errors?

     Do you ever dream about being “great?” Would you be willing to make the sacrifices of such great men to  improve the world? This whole idea makes me tired. I think I will take a nap.