Raouf Eldeeb, Network security consultant
I think there are fundamental differences between a genius and a visionary person. I would call Mozart, Newton and Richard Feynman geniuses, while I see Steve Jobs, Galileo, Stravinsky as visionaries, rarely you might find a person encompassing both qualities. I don't want to commit specific definitions to these two notions but I feel that we regularly confuse the two.
I feel that the "seed and soil" argument applies to visionaries, genius sprout on their own, true it will only flourish in the right environment (if Mozart was born in the fifth century, no one would have been aware of his gifts).
What do you think about the distinction between visionaries and genius? Do you think that one is more beneficial than the other in our present day world?
I’m not entirely sure I see the distinction between a genius and a visionary. To my mind, they both make surprising and useful leaps. Schopenhauer said it best: “Talent hits the target no one else can hit; genius hits the target no one else can see.” (I would add: and then, once he’s hit the invisible target, it becomes visible to everyone else. Otherwise, we call this person insane.)

So, call them visionaries or call them geniuses, I think the soil matters in both cases. There is no such thing as an “unrecognized genius” –or an unrecognized visionary.
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