Sunday, March 11, 2007
Mulling over this - Why Intelligent People Tend to be Unhappy - I have decided this sociologist has too narrow a definition of intelligence. I think he's talking about the kind of intelligence that advertises itself. Gordon Brown, for example, keeps flaunting his learning, so everybody thinks he has this mighty intellect. In fact, Blair is obviously much more intelligent, his mind being applied to political agility rather than pretending to be smart. For my generation, one way of flaunting intelligence was to be unhappy. I think it began with the black-clad existentialists in Paris. It is, in part, this tendency that Allin has spotted. In addition, he takes things at face value; he notes, for example, that lots of the members of Mensa have lowly jobs. In fact, if you're a member of Mensa you're likely to be pretty thick, having taken the self-evidently dumb decision to join in the first place. And then Allin blows it completely when he speaks of 'the average person whose primary sources of news and information is comedy shows on television.' Good grief, man, what other source is there?
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:24 am