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More than one kind of smart – Urban vs. Rural

November 8, 2010

A woman I’m getting to know as a friend mentioned her daughter was looking at an excellent college in the southwest but was afraid “it was too small town for her.” You see, her daughter is from the Bay Area, CA. They’re so urban & enlightened in that area – expanded worldviews and whatnot.

There’s more than one kind of smart – Aesop’s fable makes it look as if the town mouse is the sophisticate & the country mouse is humble yet wise to choose life in peace over luxury with danger around every corner.

The problem is that if you’re in bear country & you’re an urban mouse, you don’t know what end is up. There’s a large gap between knowing what restaurant has the most tasty tofu fois gras or best Apple martini, and being Bear Grylls dropped in the middle of Tasmania with only a backpack to survive on.  Remember “Crocodille Dundee?” There’s a different kind of wisdom found in rural areas – some amusing examples   – Don’t wrestle with pigs. You’ll get all muddy, and the pigs’ll love it. or –  Don’t skinny dip with snapping turtles

Way before it was hip, my grandmother recycled (“Waste not, want not”) & relied on organic gardening (more recycling). Strangely, there are a lot of simple people who seem to get in on trends before they’re trends with the wealthy crowd. Perhaps it’s wise to take a gander out to the rural set to see what they’re up to – what might be learned from them too?

One fascinating thing about the President’s recent interview

Government Policy is not Harry Potter’s wand. Waving it about with the latest incantation doesn’t equate to being in control of things.

there are times where I thought the economy would had gotten better by now,” he said. “One of the things I think you understand as president is you’re held responsible for everything. But you don’t always have control of everything, especially an economy this big.”

He continues to try the spells on page 515 of “Highly delicate and tricky incantations for controlled situations in Congress” so he looks like he’s doing something. Power is supposed to be USED they tell him. At Hogwarts they tell you “put the stupid wand away before you turn Neville’s nose into a cactus again”.

Smarts involve reading the environment & knowing what to do in a given situation – even if it’s asking for help or going a different way (as in around the Bear trying to eat you – mace won’t work well). Iowahawks’ take is…tragic and funny if you ever played 1980’s adventure games. Will someone please get him the cheat sheets?

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