Richard Feynman, one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, playing the bongos. This is the man the US government called upon to investigate the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. It never ceases to amaze me how the most revered people to have walked the earth are so unpretentious and are equipped with the most delightful sense of humour. We could all learn something from him; you don’t have to act serious to be taken seriously. There is plenty of suffering already, we might as well enjoy ourselves and show our crazy side from time to time. Yes ‘crazy’, how we all really are inside.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” ―George Bernard Shaw
Another noteworthy legend is John von Neumann. He had the ability to perform the most complex mental mathematical calculations, jaw dropping his contemporaries. Besides his groundbreaking work in science he: was a polyglot, had a myriad of diverse interests, had eidetic memory, etc. Most importantly, the combination of the previous aspects and:
“…despite his utterly superior mind, he was a very sociable person (like Feynman in a sense). He married twice, he was one of the best dressed men of the era, he enjoyed humor and cracked lots of funny jokes, he held parties every week at his home, etc. He was also able to ‘regulate’ his brain. He could lower down his brain speed to talk to a child (or to another less able human) in a way that is not common. In fact most extremely intelligent people struggle in life precisely because of that.” — JM Alarcon on Quora
Although I’m sceptical about his ability to ‘slow down’ his brain, as no source was added, I think it delivers the message.
“It’s harder to be kind than clever.” —Lawrence Preston Gise
(Jeff Bezos grandfather)
I’ll leave you with this amazing photograph of a problem solving powerhouse. Let the stare sink in; judging us as we’re wasting precious time behind our incredible piece of —taken for granted—technology.