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Throughout history the social progress and evolution of humanity has rested on the innovations of geniuses, many of whom have been lone outsiders neither supported nor recognized by the public except in retrospect.

A classic example was Vincent van Gogh, the great painter whose paintings are now worth millions, but who never sold a single one during in his lifetime, and consequently was unable to support himself - one of various factors which contributed to his decision to shoot himself at a young age, since he felt he had been a burden on his brother's financial support for too long.

His tragedy was not an isolated case. I feel it is time we put a stop to this universal trend for humanity not to recognise its own geniuses. To do so, however, it is necessary to analyze thoroughly what genius is, so that we can learn how to recognize and encourage it: by its very nature, genius involves innovation into previously unexplored territory, and naturally this means the new territory is unfamiliar to contemporaries and therefore easily neglected. . . but this need no longer be the case if the hallmarks of genius are precisely and categorically defined and understood.

It is my sincere conviction that the quality of genius can be carefully studied and then actively encouraged, recognized, supported and nourished - in all fields - such as the arts, the sciences, and many other areas - and not only in rare individuals, but in every one of us, in one form or another - and that this can and must be done now, not posthumously when it is too late as it is now for van Gogh! Humanity has already been blessed with the marvellous contributions of too many geniuses who have been trodden underfoot through lack of recognition - and yet our entire society depends on the inventions and innovations of such individuals.

For this reason, I have for many years considered that what the world needs, more than anything else, is a systematic network of organised genius recognition, encouragement and support. All other problems are secondary to this, because if this existed, then every other imaginable problem in society could simply be addressed by one of these geniuses in action.

To begin with, it would be a case of recognizing and supporting geniuses already in action. Eventually, once the tools are developed, I also believe it will be possible to foster and nourish genius in everyone else as well, each person in their own unique way and in their own field or area of life: it shall eventually be understood that no one alive is completely lacking the capacity to engage in some form of creative task ingeniously - all that is required, given that the individual desires and seeks it, is to provide the right support and educational input so that they can make the right life-choices and life-changes to discover and develop their "hidden genius potential."

Ultimately, this would lead to a society where most people were engaging in activities with creative enjoyment and ingeniousness: and in such a society, almost every imaginable problem would naturally find its own resolution quickly and easily, because the whole society would be suffused with the spirit of creative genius.

We don't need to solve the world's problems: we need only to support those who can do so.

And then assist the rest in doing so as well.

This is therefore one of my lifetime dreams, which forms the backbone of this website: to embark on a study of genius in its many manifestations, for the sake of humanity, and to begin to follow through on these principles. I also envisage that in the long-term new charitable organisations devoted to this cause could also do much to further these aims. Ideally, such a charity would incorporate various branches, some devoted to the in-depth study of what characterises genius, and some to the practical recognition, support, subsidisation, encouragement and assistance of genius in action.

A charity of this nature could be funded by donations from the public, once enough people recognised the value of these activities for everyone in society - imagine if you, for example, were told that you had an opportunity to save Vincent van Gogh's life right now by donating some money to keep him alive, so that he could carry on painting? Or that, more hypothetically, Albert Einstein or Thomas Eddison were about to go bankrupt and never discover the theories of relativity, or the lightbulb, except for your donation to support their work for the benefit of society and humanity? Even on the off-chance that you disapprove of their discoveries, modern society undeniably depends upon them.

Most people, given a choice like this, would probably rather give a little money than deprive society of the works and discoveries of such geniuses at work: yet there must also be many contemporary geniuses at work in the world who will have an equally profound effect on the future of humanity, and some of whom are badly in need of support right now. In fact, the future health and happiness of humanity and the world lies in the balance of whether enough such people carry their work to fruition in time - so the stakes have never been higher. If questioned how these geniuses would be identified, it could easily be explained that the charitable organisation were devoting resources to undertaking a systematic study of genius for this very purpose. The large-scale future implications for the benefit of humanity could quickly be appreciated by most people.

However, public donations, although helpful, wouldn't even be necessary for such a charity to thrive and grow in the long term, at least not once it had built up a little momentum: by its very nature, the work of such a charity would lead, at least in some cases, to successful creative work and discoveries by people it had assisted, some of whom would then later donate their newly earned funds back into the charity, naturally creating a self-perpetuating cycle of creativity through enthusiasts repaying their gratitude by donating money and time to seeking to help others in the same way they had been helped.

Financial success would, however, emphatically not be the measure of success in the fostering of genius in action for an individual in this way: it cannot be. Genius in action, after all, may or may not lead to financially fruitful work in the short term, or even ever, depending on the case, and therefore it shouldn't be measured in commercial terms. This would be one of the various significant hallmarks of such a charity which would make it stand out from any other existing organisations or funds: this one would have nothing to do with 'venture capitalism' or even 'scholarships' per se - it would be solely interested in the study, development and support of genius, completely independent from commercial and financial targets.

Please contact me if you have any suggestions or thoughts on this or a related topic. Later I will be posting here more details - and other articles - on this fundamental subject, so please check back here again in the future!

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