INTELLIGENT vs SMART
Was Einstein Intelligent? By most peoples account the answer to that question would be yes, but I think he was just Smart.
There is a difference you know. Intelligence is something that you learn, where as Smart is something you just are. Let me put it to you this way….
A college professor who can teach you Nuclear Fusion yet not able to balance his own check book is Intelligent not Smart.
So why this interest, well because here of late I have been thinking a great deal about whether I am Intelligent or just Smart. The smartass in me wants to claim Intelligent but the smart me knows that’s not the case. Thats ok really. I don’t mind just being smart. Hell, being smart has kept me out of trouble for most of my life and when I think about this I realize there are a lot of intelligent people sitting in jails. So yeah….just smart is ok with me.
So why do I think I am smart? Well….I have managed to raise 4 kids who have never been to jail, in serious trouble or become drug lords. I have managed to survive a marriage for 26 years without hiring a hit man. I have run a household of 6 and not needed tranquilizers. I have taken care of dogs, cats, hamster, birds, mice, ducks and now squirrels without ever having a vet degree. I have mastered the art of parallel parking. I can feed dozens on $20.00 and still have left-overs. I know that whites can not be washed with anything red or the husband will be wearing pink undies to work. I know that dishwashing liquid, WILL NOT work in the dishwasher or washing machine. go ahead laugh…you know what happens don’t you. I know that if you want a glass of milk at 3am, your gonna have to go to the store first cause the carton in the fridge is either empty or become cottage cheese. I know that the best school projects are done the night with things you find around the house. I know that the bank will always deduct that check before they credit the deposit and it will end up costing me $36.00 extra dollars. I know that the homeless guy on the corner holding a cell phone and a will work for food sign is not interested in food. I know that if say your going on a diet, you will instantly crave chocolate. I know that 2 plus 2 is 4, but with some creative thinking it can pay the light bill, send the kids to camp and put gas in the car for a week. I know that more than one pair of shoes is silly since you only have two feet, and more than 5 pairs is an obsession. I know that the dryer will never give you back every pair of socks you put in AND I know that I should have listened to Mom more often.
Everyday that goes by I learn by trial and error what works and what doesn’t. I pay attention to the world and the people in it rather than spend endless hours memorizing things from books. I live in the real world where what am I going to make for dinner is far more important than how do I make that for dinner. I count myself lucky for the friends I have that don’t judge me and I count myself lucky for every change I get to be a fool. I would much rather put a hat on my head and dance naked in the street, than to sit in a room contemplating humanity.
Yeah…that makes me SMART not INTELLIGENT… thank god.
Albert Einstein once said:
“EVERYTHING SHOULD BE SIMPLE, NOT SIMPLER”
That makes him Smart in my book and clearly the Life Lesson we all need to learn.