04-25-2017, 12:53 PM
You may be ignoring a subtle, yet important point. Firstly, the genius of long past - say from the renaissance time - was HEAVILY managed or "guided" by the tyrant church, as well as the kingly equivalents. Michelangelo is one example of very many. His work on the Sistine Chapel, for one, was heavily interfered with by that douche cardinal whose name escapes me at the moment. Michelangelo was very lucky to have escaped what could easily have been mortal consequences had his depiction of said cardinal descending the steps into eternal damnation been taken in issue.
Another was Gallileo. His astrological models were declared heretical and he damned nearly earned the stake. His genius strayed from the path of ecclesiastic approval and placed a set of crosshairs on his back for the remainder of his life.
Then there was da Vinci who also treaded on thin ice at times. The genius of Mozart damned nearly got him in trouble at the time, not to mention is virtual captive status by the king who decided he owned the composer.
Fast-forward to the age of "enlightenment". THAT is where we see the real advances that came in rapid fire, one upon the other. Why? I will tell you: it was because for the first time in the history of human Empire, genius was respected through the augmented recognition of INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS. No longer were men so blatantly regarded as the property of those in power. Such men as Planck, Rieman, Bohr, Hertz, Poisson, Einstein, Tesla, and so on, were actually FREE to engage in the exercise of their genius and make of it what they might. Never before had that been possible. The wicked and corrupt church had been muzzled, and much of the worst of the kings reined in... at least enough to make possible the Industrial Revolution, which would have been wholly impossible in the fifteenth century even had Watt and Carnot been born then and equally educated. Why? Because the product of their genius would have been seen by the rotten Church of Fear and Evil as a threat to their world view, and thus their power. Such men would have been reeled in, any resistance met with the stake or other equally horrid and criminal instrumentality.
And now that we are on our way into a new political dark age, once again the yoke has been reintroduced upon the individual, every day another few grains of weight added to ensure that whatever greatness might reside within the head in question, it will remain tightly controlled by Themme and their agents so as not to bring forth anything that might attenuate their power in accord with the zero-sum world view they hold in such matters.