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ive got to disagree. at my current school, loners and outcasts are the intellectually superior, and often, that fact goes unnoticed actually because of the mere fact that they never speak with anyone.
Originally posted by LateApexer313
Actually, even though I loved this thread, since it started this whole conversation...I beg to differ with you about key points to your well thought out argument and perhaps I can add something to it.
Maybe I went to the only public school like this...but all of the smart kids were the most popular and the best in sports. I had the great experience of going to school with the same folks from kindagarten on.
We knew by 2nd grade which students were the smartest in the entire school from all the testing they did back then continuously. And because they put us in thinly-veiled "color" groups...stacked by intelligence, reading and comprehension and math skills etc.
The "smart kids" were also the best looking for the most part, and excelled in sports and music, were class president, secretary, treasurer, the most popular etc and won the most athletic awards.
The social misfits at my school were the less intelligent, the most lacking in social skills, and the ones who were loners and didn't join in any particular clique, after school activity or sport.
Maybe this is the exception to the rule? But I doubt it, since I grew up in the heart of the mid west, and attended a public school until college?
* * *Nobel prizewinner though he was, I do not think Hemingway was an intelligent person. His work, great as some of it is, certainly does not seem like the work of a particularly intelligent man. There is no ingenious plotting, no great depth of knowledge or thought and very little affection for the life of the mind displayed in any of it. What there is in it is a very great depth of feeling, and insight into feeling, combined with a unique ability to convey this depth of insight and feeling in very simple but beautifully structured language. But the feelings and insights presented are usually those of very stupid people. There are few intelligent characters in Hemingway's stories. In fact, sitting here at my computer with most of his ouvre on a shelf behind me, I can't think of a single one, and a look at the titles on the shelf does nothing to jog my memory.