“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Crack Up,” Esquire Magazine, February 1936.
The heroine of my dad’s latest children’s book, The Good and Bad Dragon, does exactly that.
Is there such a thing as a genetic predisposition to see all sides of a question simultaneously?