Albert Einstein, one of the most intelligent men who ever lived, is famous for his scientific and mathematical writings. But if anything awed him with its infinite power, it was stupidity: “The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits,” he said.
You’d think someone who specialized in formulae wouldn’t think highly of human imagination. Quite to the contrary, he often spoke of the limitations of logic and the immense power of imagination.
You’d also think that his formula for fostering intelligence in children would have something to do with memorizing mathematics facts, or exercises in logic. No way.
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales,” Einstein said. “If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
Fairy tales. Magic. For a reader, picturing things that couldn’t possibly exist, interacting with one another.
For a writer, taking the impossible and giving it dialogue. Making the impractical work. Giving a plot trajectory for things that could never fly and words to mouthless ideas.
I never knew I loved you. Relatively speaking, of course.
Do you agree with Einstein’s theory of raising intelligent children? Did you do that? Or perhaps were you weaned on fairy tales yourself, as I was?