Sad to say that Gemini season is officially over, and so are my peek astrological powers. I'm not even sure when I got so into the signs, but I must admit it's pretty fun to see the similarities with people who were born in the same date range as me. One trait that I do identify with probably the most (besides the unequivocal creativity), is the ability to think deeply and abstractly. I've always been on a quest for knowledge as long as I can remember. When I was a young Bretony, my parents had at least 2 sets of encyclopedias and many other scholastic and informational books (not much fiction from what I can recall). The medical books were the most interesting to me, especially the more graphic accompanying photos (I've always been pretty creepy). In school, I would try my very best to go above and beyond the typical requirements to merely pass, and actually learn. There was a time when anything less than an 'A' was unacceptable. The thing is, I always got backlash from my peer group about being "too smart", or a "smarty pants"... even the word "nerd" was used at times! At that age, I just tried to ignore it, but why the heck are such negative connotations associated with being smart? The crazy thing is, even though I was statistically smart, I never really thought I was one of those SUPER smart kids. You know the ones who go above and beyond and graduate college by age 10 or something ? Sometimes I wonder, what does being smart even mean anyway?
I actually talked a bit about this subject over a year ago . Intelligence isn't really seen as desirable as wealth, beauty or popularity in today's society. Perhaps that's why we don't analyze what it is, how to achieve it, or how to make it our own. And it's very unfortunate! What I HAVE come to notice however is an even more fascinating trend of non-universal truths. The things some of us see as being common knowledge isn't quite so common anymore. That's right people, remember back in the day when you were a young, and adults told us things like the sky is blue, and ever since, we've just KNOWN the sky to be blue, unquestionably. These days not many statements of supposed fact are undebatable anymore. Things that I personally think are true, I have seen others argue against. It's kind of trippy! There is a great divide in society to the point where one side thinks the other side is delusional and vice versa. It really messes with my head to think that there are so many out there who disagree with things I know to be true, as I'm sure it is for them as well. This tends to skew what people view as smart or informed. It seems to me as though people put so much more weight on an individual's current event knowledge than basic subjects. Little do we all realize, there needs to be a solid foundation before the house is built!
The concept of universal truth always gets me thinking about how what is true to some may not be true to others, for a number of different reasons. This is why I find it so hard to post some of my thoughts on social media sometimes. I usually ask questions instead of making statements. Even writing these blogs sometimes can hurt my brain. Because it's like, I know what I wanna say, it sounds good and makes sense in my head, but will anybody else even get it? Does anyone else out there share my same understanding of what I see as true? People spend so much time defending their truths to those who have a completely different understanding of the same concept. Everybody thinks their way of thinking is the right way of thinking, so it's hard to rationalize anyone else's. It can be hard to communicate when it seems like we're speaking different languages.
Another thing I think about every once in a while is how individuals can be so well versed in one particular subject, yet lacking in another. I believe this can give an illusion of intelligence, as well as an illusion of ignorance. When someone is really good at music lets say, sometimes their lack of knowledge in another area (such as public speaking for example) can give off the illusion that the person isn't as smart as another who might be knowledgeable in public speaking but lacking in musical comprehension. This can be true in a number of regards and fields. But who's to say which area of expertise gives off more intellect and functionality on the spectrum of "being smart"? Why do we view "smartness" so unilaterally? If others do not fit into our mold of what we deem to be intelligent, then we view them as unintelligent.
Personally, I do think intelligence is a bit more multidimensional than remembering a crapload of random facts, formulas, and data. Anyone could do that if they practiced long and hard enough. The true test of our knowledge comes from real-world practical applications and using what we know from a wide variety of subject matter to go beyond what we've simply been told to accept as a finite answer. In the words of Socrates, "True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing." When I first heard this quote, I thought, now that doesn't make much sense now, does it? Fortunately, now it's one of my favorite quotes! If you think you know everything already, it just goes to show you how little you truly know. In the grand scheme of knowing everything there is to know about everything, my supposed knowledge is merely a drop in all 4 of earth's oceans! In saying all of this, I actually do believe that being smart has a great deal to with our willingness to admit that we simply don't know it all. I have grown to be extremely leery of people who are "never wrong"... those people are dangerous in more ways than one. We should always be the most forthcoming with the things we don't know. That's the best way to learn! This also goes hand in hand with "listen more than you speak". The more we are talking, the less we are learning new information. Makes sense right? Anywho, as usual, let me know your thoughts on the subject of intelligence!
P.s. In regards to my creepy childhood (and overall creepiness), my 2 favorite shows back in the day were unsolved mysteries (my all-time favorite) and this medical show where they actually showed people getting surgery. I forgot the name, but it was really bloody. I loved it!
P.p.s. In regards to different languages, I've unfortunately seen English speakers diminish a foreign speaker's IQ simply because of their accent or syntax. I think this is probably one of the worst ways we judge other's intellect.
P.p.p.s. Now I'm curious to know whether a drop of water in all of the oceans is more or less than a star in the galaxy... or a grain of sand in all the beaches! I'm gonna go look that up now...