Friday, October 12, 2007

SO many Smart People are not Wise

Smart: adj. showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness

Wise: adj. having or prompted by wisdom or discernment; marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense

Who is intelligent, the wise or the smart??

Intelligent: adj. having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree; 2: possessing sound knowledge; 3: exercising or showing good judgment; 4: endowed with the capacity to reason

Wisdom is certainly more connected to intelligence than the pure mental quickness characterizing smart people. There is a vast amount of smart people - a vastness that is increasingly alarming - that are foolish, ignorant, and ignoble. We lack people with slow, careful but creative mindset. A lot of smart people oversimplify and are extremely anxious. Imagine if they could use their powerful brains in a disciplined, calm, and lucid way?

Check out this funny link

It is intriguing how much we need this in all areas, in computer science in specific. Instead of devising clever, smart hacks - still so popular nowadays - we really need to think deep and do everything very carefully. This is because we have so many people with simplistic thinking out there, which can only scratch the surfaces of problems. If you really want to succeed in life in the long run, it is better to be very wise and a little smart, than very smart and a little wise. There is no such thing as too much wisdom in this era where everyone has access to information that is already far beyond the level of clever and careless tricks.

A practical advice: study the relevant background in whatever your endeavor carefully. In the world of computers there is a saying that can be generalized: RTFM "read the fucking manual" ; follow the good tutorials on the net. Dont fool around with poor tricks trying to learn or do something that has already been clearly and neatly described. Spare some time to learning new things, RTFM and focus your smart ass where it is really needed.