What defines smart? How can someone say that someone else is smart? When can somebody say that he is smart? Remember the good old days when you could call someone a retard and they just laughed it off?
“Whoa, watch your mouth dude, that’s insulting!”
“Can’t take a joke?”
“Dude you’re emotionless.”
We’ve all seen them, those idiots, slow drivers who block the free left turn, the fool who is spends too long on the ATM machine, the guy in the line of the coffee shop that can’t decide what to buy despite having been in the line since the past ten minutes. I teeter at the edge of sanity because of these people. But every time I call any of them stupid, they are offended. The ‘offence’ thing has really caught on lately - people are really touchy about intelligence because “every kid is special”.
Can’t really mess with that: equality. It’s a funny thing.
We like the idea of equality - everyone created at par with one another. No genome superior to another. Everybody has an equal chance. But is it all that true? While some like to believe that everyone is equal and unique, only half is true. Every individual is unique. Every brain is mapped and wired in a different unique way, that gives different people different start-ups, different growth patterns. Different growth patterns means some people learn some things much faster than normal, others find some things harder to learn, some people learn everything very fast, and then there are those who are unable to learn anything at all.
There are nine kinds of classified intelligence:
Naturalist: ability to read nature, patterns, growth, weather, animals, and so on. It is observed highly in many people whose bloodlines still live close to nature, e.g. Tribals, Farmers, and Hunters.
Bodily-Kinesthetic: The ability to understand movements and develop synchronisation between the mind and the body. Mastering the senses, hand-eye coordination. This is seen in people who turn to sports and athletics.
Spatial: The ability to understand space and textures, angles, and visualisations. They are able to view 3-D. Good for sculptors, designers, architects.
Artistic: The ability to feel how colours blend and how shades settle for giving visual beauty. No points for guessing where this intelligence applies.
Musical: Being able to feel how sounds blend and make melody. Musicians.
Linguistics: Finding the right words to perfectly express one’s thoughts and emotions, and at the same time convincing and persuading others. Observed in orators (leaders of charisma, e.g. Hitler, Martin Luther King Junior, Barrack Obama), writers and poets, teachers, presenters.
Inter-Personal: The ability to empathise with others and negotiate. Well seen in lawyers, businessmen, politicians and diplomats.
Intra-Personal: The ability to understand one’s own personal emotions and thoughts, and being able to act upon them. This intelligence is very useful in every field, allowing constant introspection and self-improvement.
Spiritual: Power to contemplate self-existence, and gaining inner peace. Another intelligence that is useful in all individuals. THIS INTELLIGENCE DOES NOT DEFINE ITSELF AS RELIGIOUSNESS.
Have you ever considered the idea of there being no limit of measuring human intelligence ever? You could be learning something new every second, and your mind will faithfully register it. It has been observed that students who perform well in lower classes (or lower grades) tend to develop greater intelligence in later stages of life. Our mind is most malleable when it is young, so it is seen that it can be made to develop the most during this time. Our brains reach maximum processing power by the tender age of fourteen. During this time, it is best to perform mental exercises that push our limits and make us think about things that aren’t usually thought about. Read novels, journals, magazines, encyclopedias. Try solving puzzles like crosswords, riddles, Sudoku, and even quizzes.
The idea of equality is a human created concept, but so is the idea of destiny. While it is true that we don’t start off with the same brains, the mind is malleable, improvable, and destructible. Though yes, talent beats hard work; but one with the initial head-start obviously has the advantage, but 10 parts hard work beats 1 part talent. It’s simple - if the passion and dedication drive you, you can be great. Yes, maybe it will be really hard for you, but if you want it, YOU want it, and not your parents, not your future, not your crush, then it can be done.