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Would you prefer to be an unhappy genius or a carefree simpleton?

Asked by squirbel (4292points) October 7th, 2008

191. Would you rather be unhappy yet bright and creative… or happy yet slow-witted and unimaginative?

For example, would you rather live the life of a brilliant, yet tortured artist such as Vincent van Gogh, or that of a happy but carefree soul who is a bit simple-minded?

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SuperMouse's avatar

I prefer the term “angsty genius,” and I would rather be one of those. Yes there would be times of despair, but there would also be amazing moments of absolute clarity, beauty, sheer unbridled happiness, and appreciation. One must know one in order to be able to truly appreciate the other.

One of the things that irritated me the most about the movie Forest Gump is that he had all those cool adventures and didn’t appreciate a single one of them! How sad for him.

fireside's avatar

I have a choice?

An unexamined life is not worth living – Socrates

though, the thought of a crayon to the brain does hold fleeting appeal

squirbel's avatar

No modifying the terms – either unhappy genius or carefree simpleton. Thanks!

kevbo's avatar

I would take the life of a simpleton any day of the week.

wundayatta's avatar

I’m not an unhappy genius, nor have I played one on TV, but many’s the time I wished I were a carefree simpleton. My intelligence has never gotten me what I wanted. I would trade it, any day, for happiness. Any day. Angst is overrated!

nina's avatar

Happy anything will do

bodyhead's avatar

Yea, I’m with nina. I’ll be a happy anything. Why would I choose being unhappy over happiness no matter what the other conditions?

Adina1968's avatar

I would rather be a carefree simpleton but, unfortunately I am already a unhappy genius! LOL! ;-)

wundayatta's avatar

@adina—do you think there could be a market for folks who want to trade in unhappy geniousity for carefree simpletondom?

SoapChef's avatar

Ignorance is bliss!

Knotmyday's avatar

Do I have access to alcohol? Either way?

deaddolly's avatar

I’d rather be a genius, that way I could aford therapy to make me happy!

wundayatta's avatar

@dead, you are so sadly deluded about the possibility for happiness. Therapy doesn’t necessarily make you happy. In fact, if you’re a genius, you’ll probably think all the therapists are charlatans. And also, geniuses don’t all make money. Just because you’re smart doesn’t make you practical, or have good business sense.

fireside's avatar

Yeah, good point, are we talking about artist genius, or genius genius?
And would I be a successful in my day genius or a history will know my true worth genius?

Now I’m starting to lean more towards that crayon to the brain…

deaddolly's avatar

@daloon If I was a genius, I could be whatever type i wanted to be. I choose to be a genius with money. But, I also choose to
let my therapist explain why i was unhappy. Which, btw, I wouldn’t be BECAUSE I’D BE FILTHY RICH.

Please let me be whatever genius I would like. Thanks.

squirbel's avatar

Nope. **smile**

wundayatta's avatar

@dead. Ok, Ok. You win. Be a filthy rich, fabulously well-adjusted genius. See if I care.


chicadelplaya's avatar

Well that’s a no-brainer. Get it? Ha!

boffin's avatar

How about “Hipster Doofus”...
or Super Dumb Ass

deaddolly's avatar

yea! i won!!!! that’s all i wanted!

wmspotts's avatar

Terrible catch-22, a real dilemma. I’d have to go with genius though. I’m by no means brilliant, but to know about the world I live in is more important than being protected in a happy cocoon by a lack of intellect. The real question is, Can an unhappy genius find love?

evets's avatar

i would say that we all have our days where we are unhappy, yet bright and creative, but also days where being primitive simple-minded creatures.

zenele's avatar

I am happily the latter.

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