Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Our Unique Imbalance

Occasionally you hear something so profound that it makes you pause and think and then cock your head so the thought can plant itself and become annoying until you figure it out, at least that is what happens to me. Damn my dysfunctional brain may it come back reincarnated as a dog that chases its tail all day.

Anyway this profound thing has to do with intelligence vs. skill vs. creativity vs. common sense and the imbalance each of us have with these, the fact that that imbalance shapes what we can do in life well and what leaves us desperately calling a plumber in the middle of the night, and the reliance we all have on each others unique talents to get us through one day to the next. I cannot change a tire, I cannot make the electricity in my house work, I cannot take out an appendix, but I can design, program, and advertise the crap out of a Microsoft website. Everything I did today I paused and stated in my silent, lets not let everyone know you talk to yourself kind of way, if I was stranded on an island in the middle of no where OR teleported 100 years into the past could I replicate this somehow. My answer sadly was generally no.

The only slight yes’s were from:
Jello, boiled hooves and squashed berries
Glue, Boiled hooves
Jelly, squashed berries

Everything else came out as a negative. With any luck I can find hooves and berries where I am going. Hopefully I won’t be joining in a fate not unlike LOST. And I hope I don’t find and accidentally teleport myself with a time machine.

This question also made me think about how much I label people in society even though I disdain labelling and would never allow something as politically incorrect as labels be uttered. But sometimes despite my best efforts I see it as an "Us" (people like myself) vs. "Them" (people who are not like me). There are things that I cannot do, things that I do not want to do, or things that I do not know how to do that I will always hire other people for, people that I rely on to do the job right, people that keep balance in our day to day lives. And for gods sake that dry cleaning better be done correctly this time.

Luck plays a big part in life to. Obviously luck played a huge part with a man who’s IQ is equal to his shoe size and he successfully is our President of the United States. I don’t think intelligence, skill, creativity or common sense played a part in that debacle.

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