It Only Means Something If You Use It Well.

I find it interesting (and humbling) that a person can have a superior IQ score and yet still get beaten by someone lower on that scale. I mean when you get a high IQ score you might initially think "that's awesome, God gave me a laser gun instead of a knife" but, as the ancients did say, 'there ain't no such thing as a free laser gun', especially if you're fighting in a dark forest with a limited charge. With innovation there's risks.  I believe high IQ can make a difference, geniuses in the fields of science and medicine being good examples, but I'd prefer to see genius as an attribute subject to advantages and disadvantages, not as an 'unfair' weapon, if only because it's better to be prepared than disappointed. 


What has been said about those with a high IQ is that they tend to have a wide range of interests (supposedly because they understand concepts a lot quicker than your average joe so they move on faster, just 'winging' everything). Unfortunately this may also mean they get distracted more, and if they don't balance/occupy their gift they could possibly be more prone to obsessions or neurotic disorder due to boredom and unfortunate circumstances they cannot change. I personally know really smart people who over-think things, get much too anxious, are prone to depression (due to being 'different'), and are even just plain lazy because they are constantly finding ways to contradict and defeat themselves. It's a lot of pressure deciding how to manage your time on earth when you know you could do anything and probably do it well, but you don't even know what you're truly interested in. I've also heard of people who have been called absolute fools who have thrived and accomplished much on mere determination plus a gritty "I'm right, and so what if I'm wrong" attitude. They were ignorant, didn't know how to spell, offensive, even ugly, yet they were so easily enamored and naturally good with one thing that they had more time to practice and set their mind on it stubbornly. Sure, if you put a person with a high IQ and determination in the same space with an 'average' person with the same attitude and tell them to compete over a single subject; you might find that the genius wins out pretty fast (assuming they're not fighting with knives and laser guns in a dark forest, and they have the same level of experience), but how often in life does that really happen? I mean jeez look at our politicians, some of them aren't even the best and brightest. If anything it's only possible to justify their positions due to their inherent charisma or brutality. 


I believe it's determination, luck, and the ability to move on despite failure, despite being called a fool and being laughed at for having just a pocket-knife, that wins in this environment. A fool doesn't care he's a fool, he just shrugs it off and continues with the job at hand. A genius might have some trouble there if they havn't learned to handle their ego and control their doubts.             

Explodey Explodey
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1 Response Feb 20, 2010