“Let’s be clear on what genius is. Genius is intelligence. Changing your mind is a sign of intelligence. It is not a sign of weakness. It is not a sign that you’re not strong in your convictions. It is a sign that you’re open minded. And that’s a good thing.”
– Mike Greenberg
The quote you see here is attributed to a sports journalist. I didn’t hear him say it, but I trust the source from where it came.
When I saw this comment on a social media page, the name “Anthony Fauci” came immediately to mind. Why that name?
Fauci is the nation’s premier authority on infectious disease. Donald Trump summoned him to help devise strategies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He then dismissed much of the advice that Fauci gave him. The 45th president lost re-election in November this past year.
President Joe Biden has kept Fauci on board the team of medical experts.
Fauci, you see, has changed his mind on a few things lately. Most notably, he has changed his mind about mask-wearing and whether masks are helpful in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Fauci critics — namely Republicans and assorted pandemic deniers — have been heard saying Fauci should be fired. That his change of mind only proves he doesn’t know what he is talking about.
In the words of the inimitable Col. Sherman T. Potter: buffalo bagels!
Fauci’s brilliance must not be measured against his ability to determine immediately how a nation should tackle a killer virus. I daresay Dr. Fauci hasn’t dealt with a pandemic of this nature and scope. He learns something new practically each day, forcing him to change his mind on how to respond the virus.
Is he a genius? You bet he is. I will accept that he is able to learn something new and valuable every time he changes his mind.