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More Than One Way
6/17/2008 5:54:43 AM

There's more than one way to skin a cat, so the saying goes. I recently was reminded that this is actually a vital piece of information. You see, there are various ways to solve any problem. Is one way any better than
another? I guess that depends on who is doing the judging.

Most people will put more merit on the answer that agrees with theirs, and if they consider themselves to be experts, then I suppose "their answer" given by another would be deemed the "right one."

So how do we measure intelligence without bias? Can we? Can you judge my level of intelligence by the simple fact that I wouldn't do X the same way as you, or some expert, says I should? Or says only the most intelligent of human beings would? I wonder just how much the answer depends on the author.

It's always easier to deal with people who are like minded, agree with you, give you the answer you're looking for, and it's self-assuring to know that out of 100 people surveyed, your answer was in the top 1 percentile in regards to what "all the intelligent people" are saying, but does that really mean that the alternatives are really less than, that these masses are really your inferiors, or does it just mean that you finally came across common ground with a few on this topic who might otherwise consider you inferior if you don't get the all the answers "right."

Consider all the options. One may be more time consuming, or just an immediate fix, but it doesn't alter the value in and of itself. Every thought, and every person, has value. Whether you would do it that way or not is a matter of choice not of intelligence, unless you're just that shallow that you have to live your life establishing your superiority.

I can't throw stones. I've been there. Imagine my surprise when I found out that all of life wasn't just about me! So I'm learning, or trying to, just how to be a decent human being again.

Learning how to step out of your own way, put ego in its place, and find a way to live in gratitude is a journey with great rewards if you put yourself aside and place value and respect on the effect everything you do has on others and the world around you. Live well. Live in peace. And may all you do be of benefit to everything and everyone you touch.

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