Advice for the extremely intelligent

The single most important thing for an unusually intelligent person to understand is that you can be the smartest person who ever lived—the envy of Newton, Aristotle, Goethe, and Da Vinci—and still be a complete fucking idiot. You’re human, and one of the things humans do is base their feelings of self-worth on comparisons with other people. Understanding the distinction between relative ability, of which you may have a great deal, and absolute ability, of which you certainly have very little, will protect you from many of the most common errors. You may wish relearn this lesson empirically, which is to say the hard way, but you will save yourself and the people around you a great deal of unnecessary trouble by taking my word for it. Always be on guard against the appearance of megalomania and train yourself in humility by meditating on the moral commandments in the New Testament. If you catch yourself thinking in terms of your impact on the course of history, that’s a pretty good sign that the megalomania is kicking in. Stop whatever you’re doing immediately and read your Bible until you feel normal again, because you’re probably about to fuck up in a big way.

(And if you’re thinking “it’s not megalomania when I really am changing history”…then no whining that nobody warned you about hubris.)

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8 Responses to Advice for the extremely intelligent

  1. Mycroft Jones says:

    LOL Hubris is AWESOME!

  2. bicebicebice says:

    PREACH AND PRAISE!
    https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/does-jesus-want-hate-family/ , but isn’t altruism the best deal for “egoism” (being born sentient isn’t a sin in itself but it sure is a good fuel for it-quetheargumentthatsapesareimmunetosinandjudgemetnbecausetheyliterallyhave67IQunironically) sorting some sapes out of the way leading to the undisturbed-times necessary to put time into projects that change history because you were bored and it was funny but also the right thing to do?

    however, super simple example, person1-pro-feminism (smarter than person 2) and anti-REKTLULZ-feminsm(person 2) is still two sides of the same coin 2

  3. bicebicebice says:

    comment looks weird so here it is again; https://clip2net.com/s/3YWBKtG

    the pro-person is always stronger than the anti-person, which is why you fight because you like the good stuff and win empowered by all of that good stuff, instead of simply being against “x” with “y”, losing wasting your time. not sure which is worse pouring gasoline or O2 on a dumpster fire.

    stimuli deprivation will kill anything

  4. Abelard Lindsey says:

    I have a different perspective on being a really intelligent person. No matter how smart you are, there will always be someone who is smarter than yourself. This will be especially true for those in the “transhumanism” milieu. This is the real way one maintains a sense of humility and perspective in life.

  5. Aeoli Pera says:

    >LOL Hubris is AWESOME!

    IM THE GRATEST

  6. bicebicebice says:

    “Abelard Lindsey says:
    January 1, 2019 at 3:54 pm
    I have a different perspective on being a really intelligent person. No matter how smart you are, there will always be someone who is smarter than yourself. This will be especially true for those in the “transhumanism” milieu. This is the real way one maintains a sense of humility and perspective in life.”

    this is why atheist thards go throug hell and high water to invent deathspaceteleportmachine-lasers so they can kill themselves with it, out of despair, for itz not working to fix their problems, in style. the sins of the ahteist exceeds even satan, and we all know that e-s(c)eptics internet community are soooper smart atheists. this is not a sapient trait it is a tharded trait because ; i agree with you = tolerance and forgiveness = meh couldn’t be bothered bruh namsaying WUT LOOK AT THAT DELICOUS TACO OVER THERE!!! = sapes.

    the thard however has a very good attention span and can discuss e-turds for years never asking himself why the stink just wont go away.

    there is no rendered image of the fabled thard but I think itz a mix between the alt-right jews and whiteoid sceptic soyboys with a dash of other e-personas.itz basically a shartload of non-faiths mixed together with zero works.

    word salad and talking into a microphone to make shekels sure is smart and intelligent but i’m thinking a real genious is an inventor of thingamajings.is entertainment genious?im leaning towards it being hard science invention otherwise it just feelz a bit cheap.

  7. Arakawa says:

    When you’re smart enough to appreciate how many smart people there were 100 years ago, that’s when you really start to feel stupid.

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