By Eddy Montilla.
The television presenter made his traditional introduction and his program began. This time, the topic was a contest whose participants were the most intelligent kids of the country. I came across this program by accident, and by accident, saw its first three minutes. The kids answered questions at breathtaking speed, questions that I never learned or had forgotten already. During the first 2 minutes and 20 seconds, I really admired the application they showed to their studies until those fateful 40 seconds came and made me change my mind about it and, of course, the channel too.
Those 40 seconds could probably have been for some people as brief as a twinkle, but in my case, it seemed to last forever because I saw one-side lives, planes trying to fly with one wing only. A kid was asked about his daily routine. “I get up at 5:30 in the morning, take the newspapers and read the news. Then, I study mathematics, Japanese, science… until 11:00 in the evening. His schedule did not show any sign of time to play baseball or watch a TV show for kids. His parents looked very proud of having a genius kid while I, for my part, looked at him with sorrow for having incompetent parents, blinded by a proud that do not let them see that even intelligence at the highest level leads to a shallow and unsatisfying life if balance is not achievable.
A genius behaves very differently than a “normal person” and vice versa. Despite this undeniable fact, a child is a child, and no matter how smart he or she could be, due to a lack of experience, cannot understand different realities of our society and, therefore, parents should give their children guidance on the multiple choices and paths that life has by being in contact with different experiences rather than only one. That kid’s parents, either for personal satisfaction or for today’s social competitiveness, were intoxicating their child with more than 10 hours of study time. After that, I turned off the TV. “If this is the way a genius lives, I am happy to be an idiot!” I thought, because at least I could play basketball with my friends after school, play at the park and look the girl I liked up and down, but those kids will spend the rest of their lives walking always the same path. Sorry for them and for their parents too.
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