Is He Smart or Is It Something Else?
I chose the category BEAUTY for a specific reason. Many feel the presence of well-chiseled physical attributes is attractive -- beautiful. Others say a mind is a beautiful thing. So let's discuss the mind a moment.
Have you ever heard someone say something like, "Joe Blow is such a smart fellow. He's a really intelligent guy." But is that really so, or could it be something else?
I was in a group of people yesterday and we were discussing Algebra 2 and Chemistry. Now I am a chemist. And I love Algebra 2. Is it because I am SO SMART? Frankly, no. I'm not stupid, but I am not so smart. It is something else.
You see, if you have a good memory, you will tend to like these things. I say tend, because you can still turn yourself off to any subject if you choose to.
There are a variety of memory types, no doubt. I have the kind that you don't even have to concentrate or think on a subject to recall it from "somewhere back there in the corner of your mind."
A friend was reading some article on a tree and was saying something about it. He was pretty surprised when I said out loud, "Oh, are you talking about the baobab tree?
He was. Now how did I come up with that? Or some song I'd heard as a young child in times so long gone they would still show silent movies on TV (no silly - that's not where I'd heard the song). Not only would I recall it, but the little ups and downs of the notes as well.
Was it because I'm SO SMART? No. So my thought is: don't be too quick to assume someone is smart. It may just be the memory they were born with and cultivated.
Image Credit » Baobab Tree: Botswana, Cropped from Pixabay Image