It may surprise you to learn that the author of these words is Lev Vygotsky, the early Soviet psychologist. That’s because what’s been popularized from his life’s work are his discoveries about cognitive development and learning. Which is a shame, really. So much of what he had to say a hundred years ago about fundamental issues, such as what a human is, what cognition and emotion are, and what a human psychology should and could be, is—like this gem of a quote—critically timely in our day.
Somehow our society has formed a one-sided view of the human personality, and for some reason everyone understood giftedness and talent only as it applied to the intellect. But it is possible not only to be talented in one’s thoughts but also to be talented in one’s feelings as well. The emotional part of the personality has no less value than the other sides, and it also should be the object and concern of education, as well as intellect and will. Love can reach the same level of talent and even genius, as the discovery of differential calculus.