Is Intelligence underrated? Featured

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Without sounding like a somewhat grumpy middle-aged women, it seems in today’s society intelligence is significantly underrated (specifically in we young folk). Once, intelligence was key; a man who knew his Jane Eyre and enjoyed nothing more than a good debate about he theories of Darwin and creationism. Back in the day intelligence was first and foremost on the MUST list when mothers and daughters began the search for a potential mate.


Today, however, the check-list seems to instead prioritize primarily looks, echoing society’s fascination with the seeking of their ‘type’. With a high number of relationships seeming to end before they have begun, just because a perfectly nice man, ‘just wasn't my usual type’.


For fear of offending, however, I would like to clarify that I am not claiming we live in an entirely vein society. I know that there are numerous other qualities that people today prioritize; positive, friendly or humorous. Of course such qualities are important; in no way am I selling to you lovely people a socially awkward, serious individual who, on the plus side can lecture you for hours on topics you have never heard of and have strong reason to believe you never will understand.


Instead I think we forget about the importance of intelligence. Behind a humorous individual overflowing with wit, is intelligence - it is the basis which grounds it, mounts it and forms it. We seem to instead be portrayed with a negative image of intelligence; we incorporate a view of the Oxford graduate as an individual to be judged and disliked, the individual who will steal our jobs and inevitably take over the world.


Reality TV definitely contributes to such understandings and concepts of intelligence. TOWIE: does any more need saying? People love it and the characters obviously taking the embodiment of the dim-witted but beautiful individual. In the case of Made in Chelsea, however, many of the participants have graduated from the most prestigious schools, colleges and universities in the country - yet the most interesting and in-depth conversations they engage in seem to be discussing someone’s dating potential or how else they should continue to throw away their millionaire fortunes. (I can put it down all I like but I still arrange my entire night around its viewing).


This brings to question whether we are now living in a trash culture, where our guilty pleasures are beginning to break free and take over leaving knowledge and learning in the back seat. But then again, aren't we all accustomed to a good evening of University Challenge and Countdown every now and then?

Suziee Cassels

19 year old Newcastle University student

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