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Messed-up by Our Own Intelligence -- a Satire

Updated on December 11, 2019
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

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Intelligent, Yes -- Not Necessarily Wise

Let me start with a simple statement which is to offer the taste of the rest that's following. But now, don't stop at it, read on to have fun seeing the comical side of our intelligence. Who knows, you may even get inspired for implementing some changes in your own use of intelligence.

So, here I go stating that:

Everything within our personality makeup seeks an outlet for its expression -- including our intelligence, which seeks problems so that it has something to fix.


Our natural and acquired affinities will guide us to our choices of profession and our hobbies; our passions, whether erotic, artistic, or musical, will look for ways to create experiences where they could be expressed.

And, like my statement above is claiming, it also applies to our intelligence, which is, by definition, an ability to solve problems. It is my private -- well, not private anymore -- little theory that our personal intelligence is like a mental echo of our body's intelligence, which is in constant struggle with unwanted elements like microbes and toxins.

So I am theorizing that we are merely in that predisposition to keep identifying something unwanted which needs fixing. How else could we explain our dark passion to interpret our dear mother-in-law as an equivalent to a virus.

Now, talking about intelligence, it's not to be confused for being smart, wise, or educated, but rather it's our inherent tendency to grow and to remove obstacles to that process.

There is one basic difference in the way that animals do it, and how we are doing it. While animals will overcome their survival challenges in a programmed way, and not go "creative" about seeing problems where they don't exist -- we, intelligent humans, are doing exactly that.

We literally seek problematic circumstances and situations, almost as if to justify the existence of our I.Q. which needs its outer expression. In my view, it's nothing short of an unspoken life principle stating:

Why simple, if we can make it complicated.

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Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay

Those Flu Shots for Our Fragile Health

As I am watching those TV sitcoms, the regular reasoning of those players, although grossly exaggerated, still points at the realities of our true inclination to create unnecessary problems where none exist.

You can witness that in every area of our individual and social life. One of its aspects certainly needs to be mentioned, and it's about how we treat our health matters.

Many good preventive measures have become household truisms -- and yet, we still insist on not heeding them in favor of our love for our doctor. Stress being a well recognized and publicized No.1 killer and a sole cause of some 95% of structural and functional health issues -- doesn't prompt us to implement some strategies of minimizing its impact on our health.

Complaints from baby-boomers are not the only proof of preoccupation with sicknesses being a trend, since many of those half that age are complaining as well. It's a kind of ridiculous how much we, lay folks, are using those fancy medical terminology, sounding so intelligent in our fight with our issues -- but at the same time fixated on them to the effect of causing them.

Nocebo is the word opposite to placebo, meaning our negative beliefs about our "fragile" health, as we are practically inviting some crap to happen to us. We just need those issues so that we can have a reason to see our doctors. Well, you can't allow your friend to come up with a fresh report of all her latest medical tests and treatments -- without having something to report yourself, right?.

Here I am taking a risk of being hated for saying it, but -- so much of our health issues is somewhat a matter of "monkey-see-monkey-do". As the autumn approaches, there we go to receive our flu shot, because, yes, it's a flu season. I could never understand why people don't simply see how with less sunshine and more rain our mood goes down, and so does our immune system's efficiency. Those damn flu viruses are around us, and in us, all of the time -- together with viruses of dozens other diseases. But we need someone to tell us when it's the right time to get a flu.

Being intelligent, there we go having something to fight. And yes, we all know some dozen strategies to fix our suffering -- which we have first brought unto ourselves.

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Image by Ryan McGuire from Pixabay

Being So Intelligent about Relationships We Mess Up

As if we are not displaying enough of our problem-solving intelligence with our high I.Q. in matters of health, we truly are some masters at screwing up our relationships.

Family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors -- all are giving us a precious playground for our messing up something, so that we can make all those intelligent efforts to fix it.

Indeed, without anything to fix we would feel like in one of those sensory-deprivation chambers where our five senses would have nothing to report. Something that would resemble a mental vacuum, tormenting us with a lack of all juicy stories, gossips, resentments, and other fine reasons to use our intelligence.

Which reminds me of a comment from another married retiree after I casually mentioned how my wife and I never argue. She exclaimed: "Geez, what else is there to do all the day long!"

Has it ever dawned on you how our modern times are really spoiling us, with not too many justifiable reasons to complicate our relationships. I could understand those folks in third world countries being nervous over scarcities and dumping their miserable disposition on those around.

But how do we justify that nervousness with full stomachs and fridges, with a nice, warm home, and with those who "officially" mean everything to us. Now and then I am witnessing a young couple at a mall or in a park, pushing the stroller with their baby and bickering about things. And then I am wondering if it would help if someone could shove their wedding picture in front of their noses and ask them if that's what they meant by those wedding vows.

To be clear about it, all that doesn't make me pissed, just entertained. People never fail providing much fun with their first creating problems, and then "going intelligent" about them.

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Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

A True Political Solution in No One's Agenda

My short list of the examples surely would be way too short if I said nothing about our special dark passion with political issues. Man, we are certainly some geniuses there. Can you imagine -- both warring sides keep preaching about patriotism, freedom, democracy, prosperity, national pride -- while both are doing their very best to mock those very values.

It's like they don't really give a rat's ass about national strength coming from unity, a middle way, a joint effort to make the national prosperity a reality -- as long as they can have a political enemy to bitch about. Outsmarting somebody seems like a favorite national pastime.

So well fitting that principle of using intelligence mentioned earlier:

"Why simple, if we can make it complicated".


What makes it particularly comical is their insistence that "freedom to oppose is the very proof of their democracy". In the other corner they see blind compliance or dictatorship.

What they refuse to see is their lack of seeking a harmonious political reality based on the interests of everyone, not only the rich, not only political careerists, or lobbyists.

When it's about international politics, the use of intelligence goes even funnier. People are completely blind to their government's paranoia in badmouthing other nations, which have nothing against them. Indeed, nations never hate each other, it's their governments who are spreading the poisonous propaganda.

But look how they are massively buying into it. They need an enemy, it's the fundamental principle of using intelligence, which seeks problems so that it has something to fix. The game is so crazy, though, because there is never a solution, while we are not wired in our heads to find a lasting one -- and not that we are even trying.

For, it wouldn't really take more than some sober, adult, and paranoia-free heads, to sit at the table and resolve their artificial differences. The ones they created themselves out of thin air.

Well, as for myself, I am not prone to imitating, and my personal use of intelligence is way different from what I am seeing. Even viruses and other tiny critters don't bother visiting my personal space.

And mind you, it doesn't take anything like an I.Q. of an Einstein -- just choosing not to use intelligence against my health and happiness.

© 2019 Vladimir Karas

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      Allen Edwards 

      9 days ago from Iowa

      Val, of your genius and creativity ; I can only implore you-- with all the sincerity of a student towards a mentor -- please continue your work that you choose to put on this site; and allow me to learn from and perhaps understand; more of that for which I am meant to understand!

      We should both, probably, be understandably confused as to why our birthdays (yours just 3 weeks earlier than mine) appear to once again find us upright and lucid..well the lucid part in your case, anyway.

      I look..very much.. forward to your next creation Val!

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      Vladimir Karas 

      10 days ago from Canada

      Allen, my dear friend -- Every year, as my birthday is approaching (Dec. 28), I tend to make my "life inventory", inventing some new priorities and things to make better in the year to come. I am happy with this past year's results, as I advanced my biology with my mind alone to drop reading glasses, which I had been using from age of 40-something. (Now I can read a fine print of ingredients on my wife's vitamins bottle with naked eyes)

      Plus some other things -- but let's not turn it into bragging.

      Writing is not among my priorities for the time to come, but it doesn't mean my "stopping it altogether". I will definitely stop writing poetry, while also having deleted close to 400 existing poems.

      Let's face it, buddy, my themes are not popular on this site, because I know nothing about witchcraft, recipes, touristic sites, sermons and Christianity, theory of writing, and so on -- all of which are fine themes, but not mine. Being of pragmatic nature, I simply see what doesn't work, and I bring it down to a minimum, not to waste my time -- while using that time on things that do work, meaning my own applying stuff that I used to write about a lot..

      But no, this is not the "end" of my writing. And thanks for the flattering (and obviously RARELY deserved) name you called me. Your generosity is only exceeded by the noble quest of your ever searching soul, my friend.

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      Allen Edwards 

      10 days ago from Iowa

      Val and Bill..My two "Yodas of the Sage".

      When time returns to that of which I failed to make full use of..I have but the simplest of requests: "Ok, now this time; can you just please, start from the damn end and work backwards..this time?"

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      Vladimir Karas 

      11 days ago from Canada

      Bill -- To a different degree, intensity, and style -- we are all complicating the simple. I learned to laugh at myself after I (unconsciously) do it, and then I also laugh at the world as it does it, which makes a good theme for a hub.

      But then, while complicating things, we can at least claim to be intelligent, LOL. I like your K.I.S.S. method.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Love the satire and I love the message. I had a mentor once who told me to follow the K.I.S.S. method in life....Keep It Simple, Stupid! LOL Wise words. I have a tendency to want to complicate the hell out of life when it's not necessary.

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Devika -- Yes, it seems that people -- at least so many of them -- only find their own value by being 'better" than someone else. Well, we have to love them -- while not being affected by it. Awareness is low, and many don't know what they are doing, so they can't even be blamed.

      For us it's important to see a funny side of it, because laughter can heal what anger messes up.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Everything in this modern day affects people. Relationships are complicated, people go to the doctor for the smallest of health issues and people have become angry at each other. It is sad to see people behave in a negative manner and to compete with others. When life is not a competition it is a journey.

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