I was meandering around the Internet the other day, when I came across this profound question:
You can choose two of the following three choices about the kind of person you can be. For the the one you don’t choose, you would be the complete opposite.
a. You are rich, worth about 100 million dollars. If you don’t choose this, you are poor at about the welfare level, where once in a while you have to miss a meal.
b. You are extremely good-looking, well hung, and make love like a porn star. If you don’t choose this, you are physically repulsive with a micro penis and horrible in bed.
c. You are a certified genius, Einstein/Stephen Hawking level IQ. If you don’t choose this you are a few IQ points above being retarded.
Which two would you choose?
Keep in mind that you are stuck with your choices. For example, you can’t use your high intelligence to make money. Or you can’t use your riches to have penis enlargement surgery.
Okay, so I thought long and hard about this, and I came to the conclusion that I would choose B and C. Hear me out.
On the surface, the most practical answers would be A and C, while sticking with the logic that “looks aren’t everything.”
Well, call it shallow, but I don’t care. I could live with being horrible in bed (sex is still sex), and may even be able to live with the micro penis (as long as it works — again, sex is still sex), but I absolutely can not live while being physically repulsive, and knowing that every single time I glance in a girl’s direction, she will think, “man, that is one ugly dude.” No amount of money or intelligence could ever make me live with that. So that solidifies choice B.
Then the question comes down to, brains or money?
Well, the question is a little absurd in the fact that if I was really that brilliant, there’s no way in hell that I wouldn’t, at the very least, be able to make ends meet. If I had an Einstein/Stephen Hawking-level IQ, I’m fairly certain that I would be able to get a job and make some amount of money.
But, regardless, I’d still take the brains anyway.
I understand that if I had $100 million and was borderline retarded, then I would basically be the male Paris Hilton. I could still be extremely successful and since I’m blissfully ignorant to all of the world problems (since I’m os dumb), then I’d be permanently happy. But what mark would I make on the world?
Here is what the fundamental question comes down to, in my mind:
If you simply just want to just live a fun life, and not much else, then you take the money. There is no shame in that whatsoever. You wouldn’t have to work a day in your life, you can travel across the globe, and buy whatever the hell you want at any given time. That’s not too shabby of a life, if I may say.
However, if you actually would like to make a difference in the world, and maybe become some sort of technological pioneer a la Steve Jobs, then you take the brains. It’s really what gives you more kicks.
For me, nothing would give me more joy in the world than to be extremely intelligent. Not because I want to be smarter than everyone and act like I’m better than everyone (I do that anyway), but because I want to make a difference.
I want to actually leave my mark in this world in an extremely positive way. If I really was that smart, then I am sure I would be able to find a way to do that. And at the end of the day, I would want to know that I did it myself. That I did it because of nobody but me. No money in the world could buy that for me.
So I would take the brains and the looks, and gladly be poor. If you’re smart, then you’d be able to figure out how to make it through life on a day-to-day basis, and how to please a woman without having money to throw at her. Especially if I was “extremely good-looking.”
Honestly, if this question was proposed, I’d say the most commonly selected option would be B. You can say whatever you want, but being good-looking is extremely important in life. There’s no way to sugarcoat that universal truth. If you look good, you are more likely to succeed in this world.
There is no denying the importance of being a genuinely good person as well, but that is really just a bonus.
So what would you choose?