AmenFrom normblog, see the whole discussion:
The key observation:
The heights to which humanity can ascend are not just a matter of individual genius, they also result from the actions of quite ordinary people, whether day in and day out or in exceptional circumstances - and from collective human effort. The genius of humanity is not only the 'spark' demonstrated by extraordinarily able individuals; it is the shared possession of us all.
What he does not say it is that it is occasionally the geniuses who stand in the way of building the civil society he praises so rightly.