“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”—Abraham Lincoln (as paraphrasing Proverbs 17:28)
I am not a rogue scholar. I don’t have a Nobel Prize. I didn’t graduate from one of the top 10 schools in America. That, however, does not mean I am in any way stupid. Definitely to toot my own horn (toot toot), I have a Bachelor of Arts in music, minor in French, graduated my undergrad suma cum laude (above 3.85 GPA), have many rounds on the President’s Honor Roll and Dean’s List, and I am a Master of Music in vocal pedagogy and performance and was inducted into the Iota Kappa Lamda Honour Society for excellence. Despite my music education, I have studied various disciplines such as astronomy, meteorology, chemistry, world history, graphic design, and philosophy at a collegiate level. I worked professionally for over 10 years in the IT field. I am not in any way, shape, or form, an idiot. I will safely say that I am bright. Hell, I’d even wager to say that I am an intelligent person.
Despite this braininess, most people relegate me to the stupid column of their intelligence lists. Why? Well, that’s very simple. I don’t debate/argue with people usually. In fact I’m very poor at debate. I’m also very careful to whom I speak about touchy subjects like politics, religion, and philosophy. When it comes to large topics, I prefer to be well-informed and clear on my subject matter before jumping in with my opinion.
It’s not that I don’t have a good grasp on scientific, political, or philosophical subjects in the first place. I do. I’m usually quite quick at concepts, I ask a lot of questions, and I like to be clear about issues. Because I don’t want to accidentally say something wrong, I say nothing, and this makes people think that I’m stupid.