Hannah Long, Student at Stanford University
Today, while reading a book review, I came across this phrase: "the destructive quality of genius." Do you think such a thing exists?
Yes, in the sense that genius always disturbs the status quo. But that alone doesn’t make you a genius. You need to replace the damage you’ve done, so to speak, with something new and better. That’s why I think the current notion of disruption for disruption’s sake is silly. Disruption is a byproduct of the creative process, not its aim. Taking a hammer to your living room makes you a genius only if you then create a beautiful living space. Otherwise, you’re just a "disrupter" with a serious hammer problem. Continue reading...