"Everyone is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid."
Yesterday as I was watching Sanford and Son on Youtube, friend of mine pointed some racist connotations and undertones in the video I was watching--as if I didn’t know that. In a sententious rant, she (I will not mention her name) associated my intelligence to that of an amoeba; I felt anemic due to her inveigh of my character. After her soliloquy, the phrase that reverberated in my mind, after her speech was done was the word stupid. Consequently, it created a social barrier between us. It was then that I stumbled upon an epiphany: Communication can be the stimulus or the hindrance of revolution. The masses are debilitated against the nefarious ways of Anglo-American establishment if we can’t engage in nonjudgmental discourse. This establishment want’s dissension, chaos, skirmishes, discrepancies, confusion, turmoil, and carnage. The vast majority of the populace are inundating in there own pomposity, mired in selfishness, and empowered by their assumed grandiloquence.
What is evident in society today is that one is measured on assumed intelligence and not how humane, compassionate, and sympathetic they are. We, as a population, have apotheosized astuteness and demonized imagination; to the point where most Summa Cum Laude‘s, Cum Laude‘s, and Magna Cum Laude’s bestride, berate the 99er’s (people who have an average intelligence). As a result of this ostracism, one feels the need to be superficially edified; in turn being an archetype of the erudite strata (in other words abnegating the person you once were). A worthless piece of paper and wearing mortarboard does not give an individual clearance to condemn another; furthermore, when did we as a public start using IQ tests to quantify intelligence?
Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon were responsible for inventing the Binet-Simon scale, or, IQ test, in 1905. The French government requested Binet concoct this test in order to see which children needed special attention in school. Binets’ test consisted of questions on skills not learned in schools such as memory, attention and problem-solving. According to those questions, he realized that some children were precocious, some had minute comprehension, and others were just average, so, he developed the concept of mental age based a certain age group. Binet did have some issues with the test. He spoke of the diverseness of intelligence and the defective process of using qualitative methods, as compared to using quantitative methods. Binet also claimed that intellect develops at different rates and can be based upon the environment you live in, not just on your genes. In 1916, Stanford University psychologist Lewis Terman acquired Benet’s test and systemized it using a group of American subjects… Lewis renamed it Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale. The Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale uses a single number, known as a person’s intelligence quotient (IQ), to represent a score. This score was determined by dividing the test taker's mental age by their chronological age, and then multiplying this number by 100. Lewis’ test is one of the main resources used to calculate how smart a person is. What a crock of s****! I know for a fact that the human race is much more than a compilation of test scores. They even have an exclsuive society of people with high IQ’s called Mensa…oh please…balderdash at its finest! The fact that they have a club for these men/woman with extraordinary abilities is ironically idiocy!
Khalil Gibran once said, “I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.” If a person speaks out against evils…we assume he/she has all the answers…if a person chooses not too…we assume he/she is a leper…if a person is altruistic…it is artistry instead of a genuine act. Whether we want to admit it or not, those who know the “real” truth are reluctant to share it. How inhumane have we become? Stop using your afterwit as a crutch of superiority and use to inspire minds. If I can help it; I will not let us (us as in black, white, purple or indifferent) turn into worthless pieces of protoplasm. So, with that said, start talking! Don’t immediately judge your fellow man/woman! Love times two is the only calculation that can measure one; not your locution, possessions, or stature, but love!