To be too clever?

It’s getting pretty exciting over here; 3 posts in as many days! Scandal! I may actually have to keep this streak up. Let’s see how long it lasts… without further ado, on to the post!

A thing I’ve been thinking about recently is the idea that you can be somehow ‘too clever’. ‘Too clever by half’ certainly isn’t a compliment. Why is that the case though? Surely a society that values intelligence wouldn’t set limits on the level of cleverness you can reach? Unless there’s something more to it than just pure cleverness; it might have something more to do with ‘tall poppy syndrome’ than anything else.

I only really had to think about it when I started wondering exactly why it annoyed me so much when certain members of my seminar groups had lots to say. Really, I should be glad that they’re contributing things when I’m not really in the mood to say anything. And sometimes it inspires me to say something. We start a dialogue and I have ideas I wouldn’t have had otherwise. But why does it irritate me? And it does irritate me. Very much so, actually.

Part of it, I suspect, is that I’m jealous of their ability to talk in the seminar like that. Another part of it might be that I wish I’d had the idea rather than them. Another part of it (sometimes) is that they’re saying stupid things. I mean, come on guys. Just admit you’re a One Directioner. It’s not going to hurt anyone.

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