I said this to a friend
recently. We were talking about the way that the most intelligent
, and especially the most creative
, individuals end up getting frustrated with the educational system and leaving.
It struck me recently, though: Why is this a bad thing?
Why is it that I have this assumption that the greatest minds end up at the top?
They have a duty to humanity, of course, to put their talents to good use. Just ask Oppenheimer. He'll tell you all about it.
One of the smartest people I know turned down a job as Chief Engineer of Sun Microsystems. He decided that he wanted to become a wandering street performer instead.
Is this a tragedy?
Bertrand Russell said that the only truly happy person he met worked as a lowly gardener. Was he more intelligent than any of us?