Originally Posted by Progo35
A while ago we were having a discussion in philosophy class and the question of whether or not we would prefer to be a smart, mean person or a mentally disabled nice person came up. I was surprised when the other three people in the class all said that they would prefer to be the mean, smart person.
I was particularly surprised by this because this is a Christian college where spirituality is particularly important. Personally, if I had my choice, I would much rather be the mentally handicapped but innocent person than the mean person who was highly intelligent but lacked concern for others. My main reason for this is my idea of what it means to stand before God as a human being. Spiritually, a person with a mental handicap who doesn't always understand what's going on around him or her is much better off than a person who has incredible insight into other people's motivations, science and world events but is selfish and cruel.
What do you guys think?
I'm definitely with you on this one, progo. I actually have been the mean, smart person in my "former" life - and it was just one more reason for a good dose of self-loathing. It hurt me, I think, even more than others around me.