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Intelligence Does Not Define You

Intelligence is touted as one of the most valued currency in our society. In fact, it is placed on a high pedestal, rightly so, since intelligence is what will get us through hard paths and into the light.

However, oftentimes, people rely so much on intelligence that they forget that there are other aspects of their personality that define them as an overall great person or an overall bad person. What I mean to say is that intelligence is not everything in a human being, and that there are some other things more important.

For instance, I came across a post the other day on a different blog from a person who believed himself to be fully above the government and other officials because his IQ level was in the top 1%. While that is quite impressive and may give him skills that, I suppose, ordinary people do not have, the IQ level does not determine if what he says is correct, nor does it determine that the other people are less worthy or more stupid than him. Now, while one may have an exceptionally high IQ level, like he does, being smart is not determined by an IQ level. A high IQ level does not necessarily make you a good person or a trustworthy one.

Now, in school, at the age I am at, intelligence is characterized by how well you do in school. Is school easy for you? Do you get good grades? Do you finish your homework? If you answered yes to all those questions, then you have a high intelligence. If you didn’t answer yes to all those questions, I’m sorry, but you’re not considered smart.

Ludicrous, right? Smart and intelligence cannot only be determined by grades or how well we do in school; it should take into factors we handle unknown situations, how we converse with our classmates, among other events.

Forgoing the standard high school thoughts about “being smart”, IQ stands for intelligence quotient, and is determined using a series of standardized tests to measure the so-called “human intelligence”. The human intelligence characterizes, according to Britannica, our ability to learn from experience, adapt to new situations, understand abstract concepts, all while applying our knowledge to previously unknown situations or everyday situations. No where does the human intelligence measure wit, loyalty, bravery, friendship, and other aspects of our personality that makes us who we are and sharply defines us as a “good person”, “bad person”, or a “gray person” (shades of black, white, and gray).

It seems that we tend to value intelligence or our IQ level much more than the characteristics that matter. The “dumb” people, or those who have trouble at school or in the work place are considered to be “untouchable”, and that those smarter than them should not associate with those people. However, I would think that friendship, bravery, loyalty matter much more than how smart you are, or what your IQ level says. I would rather have a group of close friends than be the smartest genius in the world.

Life is not worth living surrounded by words or numbers. Life is only worth living surrounded by people who love you and who you can trust.

That being said, let’s turn to dear Hermione for some well-read advice.

“Books! And cleverness! There are more important things – friendship and bravery…”

Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Lots of love,



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