To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Defending all smart women...

Ok, so a while back someone asked me this odd question: Do you think your mom or your dad is smarter?

I know, weird question, but I answered it anyway.

Legend has it... well, according to my Grandmother ("G"), my father scored higher than the charts could graph on his LSAT. She is his mother, so there might be a slight bias there. But, in my opinion he is quite erudite AND he has a photographic memory! Needless to say, he scored high enough to be admitted to Harvard, the #1 law school back in 1967. My mom… well, she dropped out of college just one semester shy of graduating. She chose to leave her hometown of Logan, Utah and move to Boston. She took a job as a waitress right outside Harvard. A pretty bright move, if you ask me. She met my dad and...

Basically, I'd say they are both ridiculously smart, but just in different ways.

I bring this up to suggest that "smart", like "beauty", is in the eye of the beholder. It all depends on how you chose to look at a person.

In the wake of Anna Nicole Smith's death, her stories and photographs are annoyingly ubiquitous... in the news, in magazines, on the internet. I remember a few weeks ago when CNN was a prominent source of true news spanning the globe... what went wrong? Since, I can't escape it (and the CD player is currently broken in the Xterra) I find myself occasionally listening to all of the commentary seeping out of KFI AM, spewing words of those who "knew" her well (clearly the biblical meaning would also be appropriate).

I heard the most absurd comments last week. There were several, not just one but SEVERAL, people defending Anna Nicole Smith's intellect. I am assuming these are the same individuals who claimed that although Jessica Simpson failed to realize that Buffalo don't really have wings, her I.Q. was far high enough to qualify her as a MENSA candidate. Then I found this little gem of a photograph and I must admit, my opinion may have vacillated. When bombarded by the paparazzi, would anyone shy of a genius have the natural inclination to strike a pose many species of insects use for survival???

3 comments:

Paige said...

If you have to announce to the world how smart she was at her funeral, I think it is a little too late. Sorry Anna...

Seymour Glass said...

may i recommend you try KCRW instead of something on the AM dial. those AM frequencies will really damage your karma.

Marigold said...

also depends on the smartness of the person judging...