As part of my Day Zero Project, I will be answering the 50 Questions That Free Your Mind. For each of these, I will blog an answer and then it will be linked here as well. Some of these will have longer responses, some will be extremely short. But by the end of the Day Zero Project, I will have answered all of these.
No. 21: Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
This is one heck of a head-scratcher, eh?
Let’s dissect this one a little before we get into the meat of the potato, as Darrell from Storage Wars would say. (Does that statement even make any sense? Meat of the potato?)
A worried genius is smart as can be, yeah? But he’s always worried? About what? About coming up with a new idea? About life in general? About meeting a genius who is smarter?
What exactly is he worried about? And how worried is he?
I ask because I worry about things. So if it’s the level of worry that I currently have, I’d be OK with it. After all, being a genius might help me land a job, no?
But then the life of that joyful simpleton. Care free, I imagine. No worries in this world. Go to work, come home happy. Have a beer and a bag of pretzels, watch the game and call it good? Maybe an after-dinner walk?
How simple is life for a joyful simpleton?
See, these questions really need to come with a set of instructions as there are questions upon questions.
There’s a few ways to look at this question.
First, going through life without any worries could be a nice way to live. Not a care in the world. You might like your job or not, but you deal well with it. Maybe there’s no stress, or much to speak about, anyway. A wife, a few kids. The cat and dog. Ya know, how it could be.
But is that life?
The reality is, we all worry. I’ve yet to meet someone who never worries. Sure, some people don’t worry too often, but everybody has worries. So would it be that bad to be the worried genius?
I fear, however, that by worried genius, this question is supposed to make you think about being one of those people who worries about everything. You over-analyze and the world is doomed if you do anything that might end the world — you know, like stepping on an ant. Every action has severe consequences and as the worried genius, you are always thinking the worse.
That’s how I am interpreting this question, anyway.
And in that case, I’ll be the joyful simpleton. I’m a firm believer that happiness is key in this world. You may not make billions of dollars, but be happy. I know I am trying to be happy in life (eventually, it all comes around well) and that’s the way it should be. No matter if you are a simpleton or a genius.
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