Genius and/or Evil

D’you know what the problem with brilliance is? It breeds arrogance. Admiring or appreciating intelligence in a person feeds their ego. Although you know and appreciate that arrogance is an ugly trait, you unwittingly feed it by appreciating brilliance. The genius will always find a way for you to appreciate her, or rather her genius will draw you in and get you hooked, thus feeding her ego. As a person appreciative of quality and intelligence, you tend not to let personal attitudes mar your exposure to them. Thus Miss Brilliant-Arrogant creates a vicious cycle for her admirers. Her voracious appetite for adulation seems to be the fire that fuels her fire. Do we read/appreciate her work in order to gain greater insight into the subject matter thereby encouraging her arrogant ways or do we shun her arrogant ways to disprove her efforts thereby foregoing her witty insight?


6 thoughts on “Genius and/or Evil

  1. Good question maryam. ans: It’s addictive- there is no escape. in a macabre kind of balance-you just have to wait for them to go insane after hugging a horse. Brilliance tend to meet fiery and dramatic ends. this is their curse. just enjoy the show.

  2. hey shekina! thanks for posting and welcome to my blog šŸ™‚

    fantastic advice, i’m eagerly but equally macarbely (not a word i’m sure) anticipating the horse hugging šŸ™‚

  3. but shouldn’t true intelligence breed humility? Someone who thinks they are brilliant probably doesnt understand how complicated the world is, and thereby assumes they’ve mastered it all. By contrast, someone with greater intelligence should realize how far they fall short from mastery of the world. In that respect, it seems this arrogant person is not truly intelligent, and therefore is not truly as witty or insighftul as they might seem.

    In terms of your question, I would suggest that one cannot appreciate or dismiss a truthful statement with regard to the outcome of such perceptions. If it is true, it is true and should be appreciated for what it is. To deny a witty insight in order to prevent arrogance is in fact intellectual dishonesty.

  4. yes i think your right Steve. “let him who seeks to be greatest among you let him first become your servant.” But that kind of greatness is very rare.

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