Because I have swag like that (whatever swag is...) I usually dismiss him. I brush my hand in the air and then through my hair and tell him that I just study and manipulate situations to my favor (see my Candor post). I'm no smarter than anyone else. Anyone who thinks they're not smart are dumbing themselves down.
But am I an intellectual? Do I constantly strive to know how the world works? Do I want to be an astro-physist?
No. Not really. And I can't say. Though, being an astro-physist sounds really cool.
But I'm pretty sure that the only reasons I well in school are for insecure, very non-abnegation reasons such as:
1. I'm very jealous when it comes to others succeeding. But I try to see how/why those people got there and try to emulate them.
2. I don't like to look bad. I look bad without trying, so I'm not going to look bad at my own hand. Even if I personally prefer to be lazy. You know, until I get bored.
I do not actively pursue all knowledge. I am not Erudite.
|Why are you taking my picture? I am supposed to be planning a hostile invasion. Ahem, I mean studying.|
But everyone has the potential to learn something--to be intelligent--if they want to. Intelligence comes in many forms. And everyone has taken that test in middle school that tells you what type of intelligence you are. I tested highest for mathematical-logical intelligence.
|Hostile invasion....I mean, math...|
|Big book of diseases + hipster glasses = erudite swag|