October 24, 2003

How to make friends and influence people

The two things our culture is obsessed with -- sex and intelligence -- are also the two most overrated facets of human existence. When it comes to the former, I'm with Florence King: "I've had sex and I've had food and I'd rather eat." As for the latter, just read some of the comments in the preceeding post. So much intellectual display; sometimes I think the birds are better off. At least the mating dances are pretty.

All I can say is, I have known plenty of smart people who were nasty jerks, and plenty of supposedly low-intelligence people who were nice as can be. The obverse is, of course, equally true. But the internet has a way of hiding all the wonderful things that make his parents and girlfriend put up with Mr. Brain. It's too bad so many "intellectuals" don't seem to know that.

Posted by Andrea Harris at October 24, 2003 09:40 PM

The trouble is not intelligence. The trouble is the insecurity that makes one HAVE to win all arguments. Someone secure in oneself doesn't HAVE to be right all the time. In the case of Terri Schiavo, there is simply no right answer. Well, there is, God knows it but He didn't feel the need to send me a burning bush. 'Course if I saw a burning bush I'd probably burn my willy tryin' to pee on it to put out the fire.
Some folks just don't learn, until too late, that nobody is always gonna be the smartest guy in the room.

Posted by: Peter at October 25, 2003 at 10:54 AM