I’ve seen this graphic posted online at least once a day for the last few weeks. Comments are usually about the same. People write things like, “This is so true,” and, “Wow!”
Now, I’m no Einstein, so it’s very possible that I’m missing something key here. I don’t read this and find inspiration. I read it wonder what everyone is smoking in order to be so moved by this quote?
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, YOU might live YOUR whole life believing the fish is stupid, but I’m pretty certain the fish isn’t going to be bothered by your judgement. The fish will not care. The fish will not be aware of your existence in any likelihood unless you try to interact with it on a personal level. If you try to feed the fish or swim with the fish or catch the fish, it might be curious about you and your bate or it might flee you, but the fish isn’t going to develop self-esteem issues just because you look down on it for it’s inability to climb a tree. The fish just isn’t going to care what you think. It’s a fish.
If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, I think YOU have the problem. Maybe you have a learning disability. Maybe you’re delusional. There may be some schizophrenia. It’s not my place to diagnose you, but my point is this: Don’t spend much too much energy judging fish.
DISCLAIMER: This was an attempt at writing some comedy. My apologies if you find inspiration in the quote.