Monday, November 28, 2005

Enemy number one

...from The Princess Bride...

Vizzini:'re no match for my brains.
Man in black: You're that smart?
Vizzini: Let me put it this way: Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?
Man in black: Yes.
Vizzini: Morons.

Even smart people need help sometimes. How can smart people get help, when the would-be helpers are, as Vizzini so bluntly put it, morons? How can a master of the mind take the average mind-professional's advice seriously, when said professional's skills and abilities are just that --average. What can they (the smart people) be told that they can't out-think, out-reason, out-diagnose, or out-wit?

They may well be their own worst enemy. It's not always a good thing to be smart. How many smart people have flown over the cuckoo's nest?

Humility. Patience. A willingness to listen. These things help, although they don't necessarily come easily.

Not everyone is a moron.


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