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#1 potterpuppetpals

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 02:29 PM

Title speaks for itself really.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 02:57 PM

Being clever gets you the highest paying jobs and the most money, which leads to better health care, better food, better living spaces, more chances to reproduce. So no, it isn't.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 03:41 PM

That would be true if you could take advantage of your cleverness, except in modern society previous clever men have set up their dynasties to ensure that even if their children aren't clever (they hardly are anymore) they have automatic advantage over anyone else, and strive to 1) keep it that way and 2) make sure that anyone who IS clever now-a-days cannot actually get ahead of their now unclever decendants.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 04:51 PM

The real question should be: Is common sense a curse?

 

Because my answer to that is yes, because you have to deal with those that lack none. And god are there many lacking.

 

But back on topic: I second what Ruinus said and slightly disagree with Skirmisher's.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 04:57 PM

He speaks of me.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 06:30 PM

It depends what kind of clever you are. General wittiness is fine but sometimes it comes with other qualities that mess you up. ex, Steve Jobs was a total perfectionist and analyzed all of his decisions to a tee, which made him a genius when designing stuff, but it also meant he didn't have a furniture or appliances  in his house for a few years because he was unable to decide what he wanted; eventually his wife was sick of being married to the head of a major corporation and still going to a laundramat so she just bought some stuff on her own.  That's more perfectionism vs decisiveness, but they are related to how hard you think about something.

 

However the general TV concept that being a genius makes you an unfeeling asshole is mostly just drama, see number #4

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:00 PM

I have no common sense. It sucks.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:37 PM

I am not clever enough to figure this out.  :unsure:



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:26 PM

If you have to ask you're not ready to understand.  



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Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:08 AM

My inability to stop thinking everything to death feels like a curse.  

 

Common sence for me seems to come and go at the worst times.



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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:02 PM

My inability to stop thinking everything to death feels like a curse.  

 

Common sence for me seems to come and go at the worst times.

 

I suffer the same curse as you my friend. I kinda got this topic from the seven flaws of Tom Ridgewell, who was 'cursed' with being a genius, sent to a higher school, and was relentlessly bullied for being common, which is how he came to meet Edd Gould apparently.






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