Favorite Daughter read this letter to me over breakfast, thinking I might want to share it here.
(I think she is both morally good and highly intelligent!)
The following is a letter to the editor published in American Mensa’s Bulletin, October 2007, from a member who submitted one of five finals-qualifying puzzles and wound up praised by the event chair — not for her intellectually clever creation, but for being notably congenial throughout the elimination process. Some otherwise highly ranked competitors were deemed to have been “downright rude”:
That started me reflecting on what we value as the “top two percent” and wondering why intellectual achievement doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand with either tolerance or spiritual qualities like kindness. It seems like smart people should value these more than the other 98 percent of the population.
I have a gifted child and have always felt that it was at least as important for him to develop virtues as it was to hone his mental faculties. Read the rest of this entry »