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Too Smart to be Happy?
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would choose intelligence.
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ignorance is bliss. Look at the character Lennis from the novel of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
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I really don't see how being ~intelligent~ can make you unhappy.
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it would explain why im always really happy XD
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esilabet wrote:

The question is rather simple, but let me explain so it becomes more complicated!

I have a book : How I became stupid by Martin Page, witch was excellent by the way, and his theory was : to be too smart will cause a lot of trouble, of pain, endless night thinking over and over about questions without answer.
And the guy decides to become stupid to get rid of his troubles (of the problems in the world that he always makes his own). After attempting to become alcoholic, to get a lobotomia, (both failed), he decides to become stupid by taking drugs (anti-depressors and tranquilizers) and the plan works. He can sleep again, buy clothes that are made by children in africa, eat platified food that pollutes more than it feeds, he even finds a job and eventually get rich.

So the question is : is it better to be blind - ignorant and happy, than to see - understand the ugliness ?


The guy you described is propably psycho
But it could be understandable, inteligent people can have psychological unstability sometimes.

Hmm about question if they are unhappy or not, it depends. Inteligent guys usualy get easely borred, and they need to look for different kind of amusement to keep them entertain.
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you have a point... yet its you if youll make things unhappy... and yeah i remember, is being ignorant considered a sin? well, idk...
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i dont know about the topic question. but remember in that one episode from the simpsons... the doctor found a color crayon stuck on homer's brain, and when they removed it, homer became all smart... and it pisses off their co workers- lenny and karl and his best bartender moe.. but except for lisa... so in order to bring happiness to everyone, mostly his friends, homer wanted moe to stick one of lisa's color crayon back onto his brain.. haha. so i dont know.. to smart can sure fuk up the system...
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I think you got it wrong, intelligent people can be happy as well and for the most part are, while ignorant people are either happy or have problems as well. Its the people who are geniuses who have the propblems you mentioned and oftentimes more then not go crayz as if crushed by the weight of their own knowledge and understanding. All things come at a cost, being a geniuses coms at the cost of not being able to connect to people, why becouse its like putting a senor high schooler in a class of 8th graders the social dynamics just dont work.

I remember that simpsons episode, Homer put that crayon back becouse he could nolonger understand the point to mindless fun or to why he was friends with the guys in the bar in the first place finding himself by himself not understod by anyone except Lisa and it was not enough .

As for me I would like a good balance of the two.
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I think it's totally possible to be smart and happy, although it takes a bit of work. I've had quite a number of professors who were/are totally ecstatic with teaching and everything (although I'd like to note they are of the older generation). One professor is a plant virologist and was totally awed by glowing tobacco plants that he works with even though he's seen it pretty much everyday. To be amazed by the simplest things like that, and not just once, but repetitively despite being incredible intelligent, now that is happiness.

I think I'm a fairly intelligent person considering my age and in comparison to my peers (some of which don't even know grade school geography -_-;;), but some of my misery comes from knowing something is wrong in the world and not being able to do anything about it and I'm pretty sure many people in the world are like that too. Sometimes its the regret of not having enough time to do/see/learn everything that there is to do/see/learn because of awareness of those things. People who are not "aware" (to be more PC) don't have those aspirations and so are not as miserable, or at least that's how I see it.

In any case I'd rather be intelligent and aware rather than ignorant. To see a beautiful day after a good rain and seeing a rainbow, vivid colours, and a diverse range of organisms, and to know how that all came to be, something amazing becomes even more amazing. There's so much in the world, why miss out on it?
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blualiem wrote:

I think it's totally possible to be smart and happy, although it takes a bit of work. I've had quite a number of professors who were/are totally ecstatic with teaching and everything (although I'd like to note they are of the older generation). One professor is a plant virologist and was totally awed by glowing tobacco plants that he works with even though he's seen it pretty much everyday. To be amazed by the simplest things like that, and not just once, but repetitively despite being incredible intelligent, now that is happiness.

I think I'm a fairly intelligent person considering my age and in comparison to my peers (some of which don't even know grade school geography -_-;;), but some of my misery comes from knowing something is wrong in the world and not being able to do anything about it and I'm pretty sure many people in the world are like that too. Sometimes its the regret of not having enough time to do/see/learn everything that there is to do/see/learn because of awareness of those things. People who are not "aware" (to be more PC) don't have those aspirations and so are not as miserable, or at least that's how I see it.

In any case I'd rather be intelligent and aware rather than ignorant. To see a beautiful day after a good rain and seeing a rainbow, vivid colours, and a diverse range of organisms, and to know how that all came to be, something amazing becomes even more amazing. There's so much in the world, why miss out on it?



i see where you coming from but the more i understand about certain things the worse i feel, i was happier before i learnt how many animals go extinct every year, before i knew how bad humans have been to our planet, before i knew about the wars, before i knew about the holocaust. theres so much that i know that makes me feel really bad, but that doesnt mean i would want to forget what i know. yet i was a lot happier when i was a little kid who didnt know much about the world
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crimsonkiba wrote:

i see where you coming from but the more i understand about certain things the worse i feel, i was happier before i learnt how many animals go extinct every year, before i knew how bad humans have been to our planet, before i knew about the wars, before i knew about the holocaust. theres so much that i know that makes me feel really bad, but that doesnt mean i would want to forget what i know. yet i was a lot happier when i was a little kid who didnt know much about the world


Agreed, sometimes I just wished I was a kid again so I wouldn't have to deal with all this knowing. What really made me more depressed and angry was finding out details of what happened during the Khmer Rouge that just thinking about it makes tears well up in my eyes (I'm the offspring of two Khmer refugees, by the way). Honestly, I'm dreading the real world since I know its going to be worse than being in my little box. Already my box has so many holes for me to peak outside and I can't fix it because I have no duct tape.
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Anyone read Flowers for Algernon? It's a good read. I had to read it for English class. Anyways, it's about a man, who is mentally disabled. He undergoes a surgery to become super smart, and he ends up remembering his sad past, and losing his innocence, and seeing the evils of the world, but then the effects of the surgery wear off, and he starts to lose everything. It's incredibly sad. He starts to get angry and confused when his memory and intelligence starts fading away. He was depressed and lonely and disgusted with the world when he was intelligent, but he didn't want to go back to ignorance, he desperately wanted to save his mind, regardless of the pain. I dunno.

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Just finishing up a thought here. I think that ignorance is bliss only a one way sort of deal. Being oblivious is acceptable if you've never known anything else. But being knowledgeable, but then deciding to become ignorant defeats the purpose of being ignorant, because a choice was involved somewhere along the line. You had accountability, but chose to shed your responsibility. Choosing to ignore isn't really ignoring because hmm.. i can't explain it. I'm no good at explaining.
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Yeah, if your stupid you have the time of your life. When you're intelligent, you think about the bad things and the bad outcomes, so you don't try out that one innovacative thing every other retarded person is doing. It's weird.
Posted 2/23/08
being stupid makes me unhappy
so i guess being intelligent will make me happy
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Intelligence makes people think they're all that not unhappy^ - *
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