Love is at the heart of genius.
When I was studying adult learning in the PhD program at the University of Chicago, I was fascinated by the lack of heart and soul in the research literature.
It was as if love had been divorced from learning.
Perhaps it was too mushy?
Are the head and heart really so disconnected?
I would say no. Love is not anti-intellectual. In fact, the opposite is true.
Our loves and passions INSPIRE our intellects.
Tolstoy said, “Everything I know, I know because I love.” And Mozart said, “Neither a lofty intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love—that is the soul of genius.”
To my mind it’s very clear: the next step of human intelligence is love.