Originally Posted by Alecto
I think andrew brings up a point that I'm not sure was considered: did the people in question have to say WHY they chose as they did?
To me, it seems more likely that one's status as "mean" is going to change than one's status as disabled. In most cases, the latter isn't really reversible (to my understanding, and by all means please correct me if I'm wrong). Some people look a little beyond the "rules" of the question; my answer would probably be the same not because of which I value more, so much as which choice would theoretically leave me with the option of having the best of both options. (This obviously delves into other serious issues, and suggests something about my worldview of them, about fatalism and the chance for redemption, or Redemption for that matter)
I see what you mean, Alecto. It actually reminds me of my response to the question, "would you rather be really smart but really ugly or really dumb but beautiful?" I say ugly, because you could always use your incredible brain power to make lots of money and then have plastic surgery!
I guess in terms of this question, I mean someone who is mean their whole life but smart vs. someone who is mentally disabled but kind throughout their life.