Originally posted by watchitburn
Hello everyone, how are you? I am not unwell, thank you.
This is something that occurred to me a few days ago, and it has been simmering in my brain. I can't find an acceptable explanation, or a reasonable solution. Hopefully you folks can help me out.
We all know there are a lot of idiots running around this planet polluting the gene pool, but that's not the point here.
I'll be the first to admit that I am not the brightest knife in the shed. But I'm smarter than the average bear.
I recently realized that I know quite a few people who are extremely intelligent, and their brilliant minds are being wasted on pointless jobs that;
1. Either do not contribute to the human race as a whole.
2. Are jobs that do not properly utilize the minds that are being put to them.
I know some people just do what they love, or work their mindless jobs to put food on the table. There are also many who do not get the opportunities to use their brains as they should. Plus all those who are wasted due to drugs or other such poor choices.
But why is there no effort to utilize our collective brain power to solving all the issues that are plaguing our species? Just imagine what could be accomplished if this were to happen. Yes some school districts try to identify very bright students early, but that's small potatoes.
So, what do you think ATS?
Why is this so, and how might we correct this global negligence?
Yes I know my enemies
They're the teachers who taught me to fight me
Compromise, conformity, assimilation, submission
Ignorance, hypocrisy, brutality, the elite
All of which are American dreams (8 times)
Originally posted by SouthernForkway26
Intelligence can only be 'wasted' if the goal is to make progress for humanity.
Reality is that money is the driving force of the world's economy. Not progress. Except when there are profits to be made.
The real priceless advantage of being an intelligent person is that every day in the life is a better 'experience' than less intellignet people can comprehend. Higher intelligence usually implies a higher 'awareness' that you have just being awake.edit on 12-12-2012 by SouthernForkway26 because: typo
Originally posted by QQXXw
You are confusing true intelligence with the appearance of intelligence.
Truly intelligent people are not drug addicts, don't care about social pressure, go against the tide, are not stuck in dead end jobs - these are the intelligent people. They can see what others miss. True intelligence is rare.
There are plenty of physics graduates who are working in retail - They are NOT intelligent. let me repeat it again, those physics grads that are working in low skill service jobs are NOT intelligent. They are not able to out think the rest of society, that is why they do those jobs. They got a fancy degree, but they did not learn to think, same applies for any other education, STEM or otherwise.
Intelligence is seldom wasted, but is widely mis-identified.