Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday Rant on "Clever People"

I run into a lot of very clever/smart people. People who have been working in a particular field for a number of years and calls themselves professionals. People who pride on their ability to do things correctly, efficiently, and for a lot of money.

These people often make quick judgments about others, about a situation, about a business. For the most part, their judgments are made with good reasoning. Well, if they are charging people $500 to $1000 per hour, I guess it pays to make these rushed judgments. But I always find their judgments lack a certain completeness. It drives me insane. For example, business consultants judge by the projected income on a potential investment; NGO professionals judge by the field of your employment to decide if you are worthy their time to advocate a cause. Lawyers are the worst of offenders. I try to stand against the norm I guess. I like talking to the single mom who is very involved in her community and her kids' schools, who is volunteering to protest, and to canvass neighborhoods to get people to recycle. I like chatting with the homeless even though they will never pay my hourly rates.

I think there are deeper things in each of us that are more than the passing appearances or the sum of our bank accounts. There is the human element that is often left outside the bustle of a commerce. "Cleverness, after all, has its limitations. . . . The thing that makes someone truly different--unique, in fact--is something that Cleverness cannot really understand." - the Tao of Pooh

So stop being clever and starting paying attention to how each of us fits together in this world of ours.

Cheers - Monday Rant by Jin.

Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie,
A fly can't bird, but a bird can fly.
Ask me a riddle and I reply:
"Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie."

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