Giant, great, unique thinker, not usually small, fragile, insignificant or female but big, self-assure and male. Genius has something to do with Western success, dominance, power, knowledge, fame and obsession, adoring and idolizing. Idol who is someone special above the rest, someone who has special skills, abilities and way to present oneself in specific manner. Exceptional character who seeks to find perfection tirelessly, and truth, find something invisible which is and has been beyond most people to imagine and see. Impossible made possible, genius an exceptional person lifted up who has been able to reveal a new way of making, thinking and seeing, something unseen, unheard, unconventional, unimaginable, unsolvable and revolutionary. To be genius means one has to be creative, do creative work and go over limits that society has set. That maybe is not enough. To go further, go far and find the simplest solution usually on your own. It is a manifestation of power of one individual. One can do something new and innovative without being a genius. It has to be declared. Genius the personality trait as it is something we know when we think about it is something scary still. There is a thin line between crazy and genius, intellectual superiority that is almost too much for human brain to tolerate. What cult of genius expects is a freak of nature.
It is usually status given by experts who identify and acknowledge, have evaluated and recognized work of a genius. To declare oneself genius is a sign of lack of humility and modesty. Placing oneself somewhere where it is almost impossible to go but one has to take the step of doing so without shame for it. Who dares to challenge this person, who dares to say such a thing? No one but a full-blown narcissist, self-obsessed lunatic and megalomaniac. Success and being noticed is part of the cult, of course. One of a kind mastermind who know worth of oneself. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genius_(mythology) Genius has spirit, divine guidance and protection so it is not false to speak about cult or religion in the context of genius. Must be due to Christianity genius has become to embody a man, man’s ability to think, do, invent and master.
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/video/artist-marilyn-minter-is-pretty-dirty I have placed this interview of Marilyn Minter here because she refers herself to being a genius, a genius who creates something extraordinary, genius an exceptional thinker, a mind analytically and intellectually superior. What other would you say when you are asked are you a genius? First of all one has to have a lot of balls to give such a statement and yet what a banal thing to say. Is genius a bumper sticker? Interesting is how cult of genius seems to be a very American phenomenon. What kind of intellect is American genius about and is their criticism in Minter’s statement towards the royalty of intellect which is close to pop culture? How intellect manifests itself in a genius and in society today when anyone can be a genius?