I’ve not been able to stop thinking about these questions today: Because, you see, potential is only a theoretical thing and, by definition, cannot be anything more. Think of it in the most basic scientific term of potential energy. A great big boulder sits at the top of a hill, it has potential energy. Once that boulder starts rolling, it is no longer potential energy. It’s kinetic energy. That energy is entirely theoretical until the boulder starts rolling. And once it does, there’s no more potential energy. It’s energy that never actually existed except in theory. And we use the word with children all the time. We look at children and see nothing but potential and we think ourselve