Einstein and the fish

”Everybody is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing it’s stupid “

I don’t know if Einstein really said this or not but nevertheless it’s a great quote even though i’m unsure of the actual meaning.

I guess you could argue that you shouldn’t treat everyone equally because we are all different and therefore we shouldn’t judge according to a specific fixed ideal but instead in accordance with who we are and what we make with what we got. Hence you should instead judge the fish by its ability to swim and its other “fishy” stuff.

Sounds good enough I guess, but…

that implies a rather narrow and fixed belief of what a certain person can and can’t do and what potential they have.

I guess you also could argue that you simply shouldn’t judge a person on its inabilities or weaknesses, because that could make a person adopt the belief that it’s innate weak and unable and doesn’t have the capacity to learn, grow and evolve.

An alternative twist on the quote itself could be –

“Everybody is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree you should first check if it’s really a skill the fish is passionate about pursuing.
If not, judging it is pointless and stupid, but if so, give it all your sincere support”.

J.L.Wallenberg

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