Worst Question Yet

 Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

by Jonathan Hilton  Day 40

37When I read this question I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. My answer is neither  but not because I have anything against genius or even anything against a simpleton, (whatever that means).

 I assume the question is designed to make you feel like genius comes with worry and if you are a simpler person you will experience joy. I reject the question as biased and borderline offensive.  Here are my thoughts.

Worry is a Choice

First lets look at the word worried. This is always a choice, you don’t have to do this.  This question seems to assume that only intelligent people worry and only people with no 923246_642439195781583_1059462715_nintellect are happy. This if offensive to me as a human being who strives to find a way to be happy, am I merely a simpleton looking for my natural state or am I a genius doomed to failure?

Worry has never made anyone more successful in anything.  No matter how much you work something over in your mind, dread it or want to avoid it, you still can’t stop it from occurring.

Any random, run of the mill genius should realize this, so if you are spending your life as a worried genius then you are, in my opinion only half right.  There are choices every day that people of all intellectual levels have to make which directly reflect on the experience they will have.  Just like kindness is a choice and what thoughts about life you pay attention to are choices as well.  I do not know much but I do know that  an intelligent person would be able to choose a better recourse than to waste their time worrying.

Why Judge?

There is a judgment in this question that should be ignored and pointed out. Who am I to differentiate between a genius and a simpleton. Suppose I am a member of the latter

I like these guys.  Am I a simpleton? Or just a fan of comedic genius?
I like these guys. Am I a simpleton? Or just a fan of comedic genius?

group, I assume I would lack the skills to understand the question.

If I were in the former I suppose I would be too worried to function and display my genius appropriately.  I guess I don’t know why anyone would ask such a question.  These distinctions are all relative anyway to the intellect of others.

 I may be a genius to some and a simpleton to others, that distinction has absolutely nothing to do with what type of person I am, or how much I worry or am happy.  Not one bit.  We spend too much time in life labeling others and placing them in categories to feign some sort of understanding.

 I may be a simpleton which means I would be a little slow on the uptake but I know that we are all connected and the more time we spend dividing us the unhappier we are going to be in the end, no matter if we think mighty thoughts or nothing more significant than the batting average of a baseball player.

I have been fortunate to know many great people in my time, and intellectual ability has never been a factor in how I felt about them.  It was the kindness, the giving,  and the value they provided.  I have enjoyed conversations with people all of my life there is no intellectual entrance level of intellect.

The Worst Question in The World

Just reading this question I think makes the world just a little more of a difficult place.  I

I can't bear to listen.
I can’t bear to listen.

apologize to anyone reading it, because I feel like just considering the labels of genius or simpleton makes us all a bit more narrow-minded.

 I hope to embrace all of my fellow human beings, not just some endowed with high levels of intellectual capacity, but all of them.  The phrase joyful simpleton is along the lines of ignorance is bliss.

 They are designed to demean portions of the population. Who are these simpletons? Where do they live? All of us have parts that are intellectual and others that enjoy the simpler things in life.  There is no reason to intellectually slander anyone for this.

Accept all people regardless of their intellectual capabilities,  if you think yourself a genius then start hanging around with smarter people.

Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

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16 thoughts on “Worst Question Yet”

  1. I think the best answer would be, to be a little bit of both. I think all of us have a little worried genius and some joyful simpleton in all of us.

    1. That is why you are a genius Katie! :-) I think we are all that way, we all have intellectual concerns and simple pleasures that make life worth living. I think the word simpleton kind of bothered me. I picture Rainman or Forrest Gump, I was not comfortable putting happiness into a permanent connections with being mentally challenged. I like to think that I have a bit of intellect, but I am not going to worry all day, it does no good. Thank you I always love to hear from someone who I know has a significant amount of intelligence!! Thank you for the comment and the thought.

  2. With the amount I used to worry I must have been a flipping over the top genius. I am trying to lead a more simple life, which is making me less worried. That is a good thing.
    However; simpleton, I believe, is a dated term used for mentally disabled. I think back in those days it was probably believed that people who learned at a different speed then “genius’s” were not smart enough to worry.
    It’s too bad we can’t all be smart enough to stop worrying about things we have little to no control over and concentrate on making our lives happy.

    1. I agree with you Ann, keeping things simple is the best way to go. The question made it seem like either you are smart and worried all the time or mentally challenged and happy, I hope I stated my case well enough. Worry never added another dollar to your pocket or another minute to your life. Enjoy what you have and let the rest of the chips fall just where they are supposed to. thank you so much for commenting Ann, it is always a treat to hear from you. A great perspective. :-)

  3. I am neither, not a genius or a simpleton, so what does that make me? Everyone is special in his or her own way. My way is a teeny bit eccentric, for me that’s ok. We are what we are. Loved that you did not choose either from the set question :)

    1. Thank you Michelle, I am glad you stopped by and shared. :-) I think you are right, we are all fantastic as we are, there is no need for labels which is what kind if made me mad. I think you are a wonderful bright light and I am glad you shine your light this way occasionally!! I think you are a genius.

        1. I am just a pretty ordinary guy, I look at what you do each day and I think……….genius. I love it!! Fro m

  4. If these geniuses are really as smart as they say, why do they worry all the time? Shouldn’t they KNOW how to avoid/fix the situation?
    But you’re right, we can’t distinguish like that. It isn’t right. Plus it would never be very accurate either. Some people may be a genius in one field, say science, and a complete simpleton in another, like sports.
    As for the question, I’d rather be joyful. Isn’t that what we all want in the end? Happy regardless of everything else.

    1. Agreed, I think the end result of this crazy game called life should be limitless happiness. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and reading. I wish I had more time to write back what I think to you! Have a great day MFE

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