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As I was thinking about intelligence, I thought that intelligent people look for cause and effect. They look for real reasons and are not satisfied with the same answers that satisfy the majority of the people.
Then I came up with this list of not so intelligent answers shown below. I believe young people need better answers to their questions than those they often get. I also believe that when adults don't know the answer, young people need to hear the truth in the form of "I don't know" and then be encouraged to seek the answer.
Most are answers below I got in response to my own questions.Some are answers I have heard given to children or teenagers.
As I think about this list, I believe it would make an interesting "Intelligent Reasons Test". We could ask people questions, then see what kind of answers they give, then rate their answers according to how intelligent we thought their answers were. Then we could see what kind of children these people are creating.
By the way, this reminds me of my list of characteristics of suicidal teenagers, because suicidal teenagers typically have not been satisfied with the answers they get. This contributes to their emotional/psychological pain, an intense pain which they don't know how to stop any other way than self-harm or suicide.
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|Intelligent Answers? (AKA
"Answers I don't respect)
it is my country -
This is a typical answer I get when I ask people in South
America why they are proud of their country
Because it is our culture - A typical answer I got in Indonesia when I asked why they did things the way they did.
Because it says so in the Bible. - This is an answer I have heard so many times in my life in all parts of the world when I ask people questions like "Why do you believe ...?"
Because education is important - This is the kind of answer people often give when asked why young people are forced to go to school
Because I am not used to letting her do it - A typical answer in Peru when I asked parents why they wouldn't let their son or daughter do something.
So you can get a job - A typical answer I get when I asked why education is important
This is from a conversation I had with a teen in England. July 2007
|Answers I Would Respect More
Here are answers I would respect more, because they are more honest.
|A personal one for me...
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