What a choice, Shaloo! Couldn't I be a joyful genius ?
A joyful simpleton can be a worried lad in the days to come whereas a worried genius can turn the things in his favor to be a joyful person. So the choice is clear Shaloo.
Anyone who worries about things they have no control of shouldn't be called a genius. Logic should dictate if something is beyond your control it's a waste of time to worry about it.
Therefore the only worries a true genius might have is fear they won't reach goals they've set for themselves. They stress as they pursue their goals.
In the broadest sense a "joyful simpleton" is only concerned with the moment in hand. He/she doesn't lose sleep over what tomorrow may bring. Many of them avoid the "news" and current events altogether. They're often (caught by "surprise") when layoff announcements are made because they weren't paying attention to how well the company was preforming.
I guess in my opinion the question is more like; Would you rather be someone who is "informed" or "uninformed"? Has goals or not?
One adage goes: "Ignorance is bliss."
Personally I'd rather be "informed" and making plans ahead of time instead of being caught off guard over and over again or tossed around like a Dixie cup in an ocean of waves.
Maturity is thinking about future potential consequences from actions taken or not taken today. An immature person such as a teenager is only concerned about "right now".
It's been said; We exchange youth for wisdom.
"Knowledge Empowers You!"
Simpletons are never authentically joyous. They are clueless to the nth degree. Simpletons are the ones who are always caught unaware or taken advantage of. They are looked down upon and are considered less than. They are clearly disadvantaged beyond words or description. They are powerless.
Simpletons are in an amoebic state of awareness and consciousness. They are merely alive rather than being fully alive. They are pure automatons, without thought or human consciousness. They are never respected only to be pitied.
Geniuses are joyous people. They are living at their highest potential or state They plan, strategize, and think of consequences and their futures. They are smart people who are highly cognizant of their environment.
Geniuses are not passive recipients of life. They make life happen. They are powerful people and know how to use their power to better themselves and others. They are the shot callers, power players, and are involved in their lives. They are the ones who fully live, make their own rules and mark upon the lives of others. Geniuses will ALWAYS be respected and revered by others, if grudgingly so.
One way of looking at this is by first looking at two words:
Worry by its very nature, implies fear, anxiety, uneasiness and apprehension.
A Simpleton is simple in a 'not too intelligent sense' or being low in common sense and not very smart.
Genius implies scholarliness, talent, academia, potential and wisdom.
This is a difficult one. A worried genius can also mean a 'concerned genius' like Einstein, and on the whole he is said to have been spiritually advanced. Again, not only Ramakrishna, but quite a few Seers, had very little schooling. They were so full of joy that Kings and Queens used to go to them for advice. Some did not teach, but simply roamed the world in a seemingly mad drunken state. Yet they were far from stupid.
A combination of Joy and Genius, would make more sense, but since we are meant to come up with an answer, I will say that both have their merits. The Sage shares the joy and simplicity of the Simpleton, and the genius who shows wisdom and potential, is truly awesome! Both compliment each other. I have just noticed, that Bronwyn demonstrates this quite well in her answer. Hari Om!
Worried genius, because being joyful is a choice no matter who you are.
Even facing great adversity and sorrow we can choose to be joyful. The actor Alan Rickman recently passed away from pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed a while ago. His neighbors had no idea. Only days before he died, he was smiling, still saying hello, and asking after their families just as he always had.
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