Alethea & Athena (double_dear) wrote,
Alethea & Athena

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I was thinking that after my comment about people showing off how smart they are yesterday, maybe I should explain a little bit more why we hate that kind of thing so much. It's actually relatively harmless in most cases; just a pet peeve of ours, I guess. And we fully admit that part of our problem with it is that we want people to know that hey, we're smart, too.

The main point is this: it seems like everyone in the world is busy trying to prove how smart they are. But they're so busy trying to prove how smart they are that they don't take time to A)care about other people or B)actually be smart. Now some people really are very smart, and that's fine, but there's a little thing we like to call the Jeopardy Syndrome. We call it that because that's where it's most easily manifested. In Jeopardy!, a clue will come up that's relatively easy, so if you have a general knowledge of the category, you can probably guess it right. If, on the other hand, you have a slightly more advanced knowledge of the category, you might think too hard about the question, decide the easy answer is wrong, and go with a more obscure answer, which will then turn out to be wrong because it was actually the easy answer. Then on the other hand, if you have an even more advanced knowledge, to the point where you know so much about the both possible answers that you know which one is right, you don't have to guess. Tadah!

For example, one time the Final Jeopardy! clue was something about the book that first referred to Route 66 as "the mother road." I kind of had an idea that they traveled along Route 66 in Grapes of Wrath, and it seemed like a decent guess, so that's what I stuck with (I say, as if I were actually a contestant). One of the contestants, on the other hand, knew that another author wrote a book about Route 66 (or something), and so went with that for the answer. If that contestant had known a little less, or had known a lot more, they probably would have gotten the right answer. Or the right question, I guess, since we're talking about Jeopardy!. Oh, you crazy gameshows with your backwards formats.

I'm not sure if that's where I was going with this whole thing, but we always did like our Jeopardy Syndrome diagnosis, so I'll leave it up there.

Right! Athena's giving me a good example of why showing off how smart you are can cause some problems.

It happened a few years ago. We were at a fastfood place with a bunch of friends, and we had plushies with us, that one of our friends had just given us for our birthday. A day or two prior to this, we had been telling our home teacher about how we spent a lot of money on a bunch of plushies, because we wanted to distribute them to our friends. This was supposed to be a surprise, which is why we told our home teacher, but not our friends.

Unfortunately, while we were eating, our home teacher happened along and saw the plushies that we had just gotten for our birthday (or was it a Christmas present? that's not important). He asked, "Oh! Are those the plushies you bought?" We gave him a "shut up!" look, and one of us may have tried to stomp on his foot for good measure. Despite this, one of our KY friends proudly proclaimed her guess of the anime series from which the plushies originated, and thus our surprise was destroyed. She could have kept it to herself, and the surprise still would have been kind of ruined, but people would have had more of a chance to forget about it by the time they arrived in the mail.

(KY: kuuki o yomenai; cannot read the situation, thus responding to it with less tact)

But to her (and I'm not trying to condemn her, because she probably just didn't think the whole thing through, it didn't occur to her, and she has several other lovely traits), the important thing was to say, "Look! I figured out the secret!" And, thanks to Jeopardy Syndrome, the thought process didn't reach as far as, "And I bet they wanted it to be a surprise. I should respect that."

So the important thing that I keep forgetting to say in all this is that we don't hate Smart People. We just hate it when people are like, "Look at me, I'm smart!"

And because of this and a bunch of other similar (though to varying degrees) experiences, this quote has stuck with us for a long time. Or, I'm sure it will stick with us for a long time; we only heard it for the first time a couple months ago, from a return missionary who was giving his "Hey I'm back" address.

"Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care."

And I like the quote so much that I'm going to say it again.

"Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care."

Not to say that we're all that good at caring about people ourselves. We're working on it.

Today I'm thankful for the lesson on obedience going very well, having leftover honey-roasted peanuts, good quotes to live by, being done teaching for a month, and the one guy being a good sport and respecting our wishes to take home the leftover honey-roasted peanuts.
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