Work has gotten over-the-top and I really haven’t had time to come back here as regularly as I’d wished. But today something triggered a thought that bugged me in entirety for the past hours.
It really was an article from my usual history readings – albeit this post having nothing to do with history studies. 31 Jan 1917 marked the declaration of engaging the Unterseeboot in an unrestricted warfare during WWI. Nothing celebratory, and nothing more for criticisms. Instead, this sparked my memory of a wonderful time a year ago – a time of concentrated knowledge acquisition & intellectual stimulation, with experts on the topic.
I kind of wondered how it was possible that the world harboured such great geniuses that one could ever imagine meeting; yet when it comes to our “daily reality”, genius becomes so rare that we hardly even see them. It soon became such a luxury for one to interact with brilliantly intelligent characters. Of course this brings back to life the question I’ve been pondering over – does the world still value intelligence & capability, or has the facade of agreeableness & optimism clouded human judgement of what’s valuable & what’s not? This question doesn’t come unfounded. Much has happened recently in the macro-environment that demands more doubt than trust: why did we get Person X to head the organisation when Person X has no prior experience or expertise in this field? Because of this positive disposition? And how then, did this positive disposition solve the major chaos that resulted due to a lack of skills?
I am not advocating pessimism or discounting the fact that there may be great people who can hit the ground running & tide through tough times with their optimism even in the most adverse situations. I just wonder how we might be able to better judge so.
Maybe this is just an easier way out to justify human choices instead of comprehending the geniuses of the world.
Time to consider & learn: what really matters most? Intelligence, or Attitude?
Question posted: when did optimism become the panache that saved the global economic crises?