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On Genius and Suffering


"I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him." Max Beerbohm.

True? I don't know, but fascinating: Does God only afflict his own? He sends troubles commensurate with what can handle, often making his saints suffer intensely. Does Beerbohm's observation about genius have theological implications? The genius, too, are God's elect? Or are the saints simply geniuses? The likes of John Vianney and Joseph Labre would seem to exclude the latter possibility, but then again, if genius transcends secular standards, who's to say?