DISCLAIMER: Please be advised in no way am I suggesting anyone who comments here lacks discretion or sound judgment. Everyone who comments here is intelligent, so what I'm about to say is purely hypothetical and if any scenarios used to describe anyone reading this happens to be true, it is purely coincidental.
Being smart might be the most over rated quality some one can possess. But then again maybe not? Because it's really not that "rated" to begin with? Being really smart doesn't get you anywhere in life. If you are successful in life chances are it is because of other qualities which you have.
Being a success in life is measured by different people in different ways. Some think money, power, fame, rubbing elbows with the right people or simply just being happy and content or making the next generations life easier are all ways to measure success. I wouldn't disagree with any of those. But you don't have to be smart to attain any of those things.
Knowledge is a good and powerful thing. But being smart is totally meaningless, unless you wind up on Jeopardy? But after you become a 5 time Champion you still have to go back home on Monday driving your AMC Pacer that your granma gave you when you fixed her computer, back to your little cubicle at work as you enter something in a computer all day hoping to avoid your Boss because he picks on you. Plus the same DNA which makes one smart also makes them snort and eat boogers.
I say things like instinct, experiences, gut feelings, discernment, judgment and of course good ole fashion common sense is what makes us a success. In John Loftus' book "Why I Became an Atheist: Personal Reflections and Additional Arguments" on page 53 he(John) guesses that "percentage wise, atheists are better educated than others, and better educated people are usually better people toward others..."
Which reminds me, I have been a bit grumpy lately, maybe I should take some night classes until I can achieve a Degree in something/anything but at least I'll be a nicer person?
"The Education of Sonny Carson" is a great black cult classic movie.(?) I watched it 50 times while I was in the USAF although I'm whiter than Michael Jackson and OJ Simpson. Anyways Sonny Carson says one of the smartest things I've ever heard, even though he was probably about 18 years old when he said it, and he spent little time in school. But as a rival gang is coming upon Sonny and his highly out numbered gang to do battle, Sonny is trying to keep his gang from doing anything, but one of his dudes says "Sonny, we gots to do something, cause it aint cool to just stand here".
Then Sonny says "You be to cool, you gonna lose". My goal of telling this story is that Sonny's education was nothing but his life on the streets, yet his wisdom far surpasses any thing you could ever learn in a book.
DISCLAIMER #2: My 21 year old daughter has one semester left in college, she is on the Dean's list, as usual. She has plans to further her education by going to grad school after she travels for a year. Young people, please go to school and get an education, it will certainly be a wise move, something me and Sonny would want you to do. I'm not saying getting an education is a bad thing, I'm saying don't forget to pick up all the other wise things along the way that will help you in life.
Peace out, feeno