I am not trying to brag, or saying that I am better than others, but I will just say that I am a smart person. I have a high IQ. I also hear it all the time from people who say that I am smart, and such. So, I simply accept the fact that I am smart as a fact. Like I say, I am not trying make it seem that I am something that I am not, just accepting that what people tell me is true.
The thing is, being smart is not necessarily always a good thing. There are times when being dumb, or at least pretending to be dumb is the smart way to go. If you are smart, people have very high expectations of you. Even if you can meet the expectations, doing so can sometimes only be done be exerting effort that maybe you don’t care to use at that time.
For example, I do a lot of work with computers. I can usually do just about anything I want or need to do with a computer. Frankly, though, I really don’t know how to do most things on a computer – I just figure it out by trial and error if it is my first time to try something new. I have to play with it for a few minutes, but it’s rare that I can’t get it doing what I want, if you know what I mean. Now, when other people see that I can do this or that with a computer, I am like a magnet. They are constantly coming to me wanting me to do things for them, fixing something on their computer. I live in the Philippines, and my Mom lives in the United States. Sometimes she will call me on the telephone and say “my computer is not working right, can you fix it?” “Over the phone,” I say? Of course, that is what she expects. I can’t even see her computer over the phone, yet she things I can fix it! Now, I am not talking bad about my Mom, I love her dearly, I am only trying to give an example of the kind of things that happen when people know that you are intelligent.
I have a friend who used to live here in the Philippines near me. He is also a very intelligent person. His IQ, in fact, is a bit higher than mine. He and I talked many times about what a burden it is to be smart. Gene, in fact, told me that in his life, there have been times when he moved to a new area that he lived an act, playing “Bubba” – a not so intelligent guy, just to avoid the burdens of intelligence.
You may read this and think I am crazy. But, if you are an intelligent person, I think that you know what I am talking about and have experienced this in your life too. If so, leave a comment and tell me about your experiences.