The “fine line”

between light and dark

between right and wrong

between hope and despair

between genius and insanity

Its not all that wide is it???

I mean, if you think about it, what does it take to cross that invisible barrier from one realm to another? My dad used to work at Lawrence Livermore Labs and he said the scientists that roamed the hallways were so brilliant, they could discuss cutting edge technologies like they were items on a menu…….but they couldnt remember to tie their shoes or find the way to the bathroom….because they had their mental energies tied up in other things.

In the movie Amadeus, the composer Antonio Salieri ends up in a mental institution because he KNEW he couldnt approach Mozart’s greatness, and believed himself responsible for Mozart’s death. Yet, as he said, God had graced him with the ability to recognize greatness, even if he wasnt capable of it musically. That has got to be like HELL on Earth. To KNOW in your heart what greatness is when you see it or hear it but not be capable of it yourself.

I myself am still tying my own shoes and can find my way to the bathroom. At the same time, however, I am fascinated with the stuff that occupies brains much loftier than my own. While I admit, I have flirted with that “fine line” from time to time, I think I am still safely on the side of sanity, of mediocrity (Thank you Salieri), at least for the most part. I will admit, I do lose my way between point A and point B but eventually, I find it again. And, in the meantime, I am putting in my order for my very own boy scout. Im entitled.

~ by irishgrl on August 16, 2008.

2 Responses to “The “fine line””

  1. A very fine line indeed. And the more interested in it you become, the closer you are to crossing it. Be careful.

  2. no worries, thats what the boy scout is for!! 😛

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