29 July 2011

On Brilliance

You are brilliant, but you don't know that the following things are true:

  • Your work is meaningless until proven meaningful; don't complain, work.
  • You do not have to be an insufferable asshole; you probably will anyway.
  • You are not better because you are smarter; you are worse for believing you are.
  • The world is not a meritocracy; your sense of entitlement is undeserved.
  • Intelligence is not a skill; you have to be able to do something.
  • The truth is not self-evident; you do have to explain.
  • You can't stop people from sticking beans up their nose; it won't stop you from trying.
  • You are a fool; wisdom comes only from knowing the depth of your own folly.