Intelligence and American Idol

I believe most people judge their intelligence with the same scale American Idol contestants use to judge their singing ability. On American Idol contestants will boldly tell everyone within earshot that they are a cross between Frank Sinatra and Elvis. When they open their mouths, they are so bad that the judges’ ears bleed.
It is the same with intelligence. Most people think they are the smartest person in the room. Then they open their mouths and everyone collectively mutters, “dumb ass.” We seem to get a lot of that in the entertainment industry. Just because someone can sing or play a musical instrument doesn’t make them a genius. It is the same way with acting. Actors are great at playing make-believe like we all did when we were kids, but if your greatest talent is the ability to suspend reality, your judgment might be suspect.
No intelligence test is required to hold elected office. All you need is more people who vote for you than who vote for your opponent. A person is not magically transformed into the smartest person in the state just because they won and election. This goes for both parties by the way.
I once had an attorney from the Iowa Attorney General’s Office tell me that when he opened his diploma from Harvard Law School there were no brains inside. It didn’t make him any more intelligent to graduate from the prestigious university; it just made him more learned.
It is the same with this blog. Where I am thinking I am being rather clever; everyone reading it is thinking, “dumb ass.”


About thewritingdeputy

Joel Jurrens was a deputy sheriff for 26 years until he retired in 2013. He has published three novels: In The Sticks, Graves of His Personal Liking and County Ops: The Vengeance of Gable Fitzgerald. He tries to keep his blog light and humorous and sometimes downright silly.
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