This is the post that should not exist, because I'm too afraid to write it.
Occasionally, I think about the qualities of life that have great value to me. I value good, functional, beautiful design in all things. I love carefully crafted words. I like to be sucked right into a compelling piece of art. I like great jokes, even really simple ones that make me think about something in a totally new way.
I like beautiful songs. I especially like it when I listen to a great song, over and over, and one day I realize that I haven't ever paid close attention to the words. And then, when I play it again and make a real effort to listen to the lyrics, I realize the words are even more brilliant than the music. That's so cool.
I like amazing new inventions - the simpler and more obvious, the better. People have been thinking about things for so long, all of the really obvious solutions should have already been thunk. So it's really neat when someone invents something as interesting and simple as a bladeless fan (even though Sir James Dyson seems excruciatingly pompous). In all honesty, though, I guess one can argue that nobody really needs a bladeless fan. And I guess Dyson would argue that a bladeless fan isn't so simple (it sort of is, though).
I like to work with brilliant people. I like it when people tell me I'm brilliant. Everyone values brilliance. We like smart, brilliant things of all stripes.
Yes, these are the things I value. These are the things I have always valued. And I wonder, sometimes, where Ozzie fits into all of this. Because it's quite likely that "brilliant" won't be a word that will ever be used to describe Ozzie, or the things he does. It's sad that I have spent so long placing so much value on such a narrow aspect of life. I feel guilty about that. But I'm also excited about all of the new, equally valuable things I am now destined to discover. Things I may never have noticed if Ozzie had not been born.
I think our overvaluing of brilliance may be one of the reasons people like Ozzie often find themselves tucked away in the margins of society. People are too busy valuing the things that, in the end, don't really matter all that much. Things like bladeless fans.
Because for all of the ingenious things Dyson has invented, he has never made anything as valuable as a smile.
6 months ago