Shrewd vs Smart

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Machiavellian the word derived from philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli, shows another side of people that is ‘manipulative’. Machiavelli witnessed by observing society, there are people who are generally shrewd in their actions, like political leaders, and then there are people who refrain from doing such things.

Most education, industry and government institutions have general IQ test, which measures the intelligence, or say smartness of individuals, however there is a flaw in this measurement. IQ tests leave out a very broad spectrum of the human mind’s capacity. There are people who are very ‘shrewd’ who don’t get a good score, however they can outwit, outsmart, manipulate people who have a high IQ. In industry and government it is people who have ‘Machiavellian’ traits that excel over those who are considered very smart.

IQ tests leave out a very broad spectrum of the human mind’s capacity.

As there are now personality tests, that can measure the ‘Machiavellian’ traits it is still not a conclusive way to measure someone, as people can easily lie or be dishonest in their answers. In my previous blog I had mentioned how, groups who are generally ‘shrewd’ in nature can out-compete groups who are considered smart. Even in nature, this can be noticed, take for example the hyena that is very ‘Machiavellian’ in nature, it scavenges the food of other predators by working in close cooperation with it’s group members, the bigger the group the stronger it gets. It saves a lot of energy by not hunting, but by simply ganging up and taking other’s food, it gains more calories than it spends.

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The ‘numbers’ game catches on.

Niccolo Machiavelli, an astute observer recognizes the behavior of how power and strength can be gained by being a different kind of player. No surprise the book he wrote was not released because the inconvenience on society and strategy of political leaders will be out on the open. Having no free exchange of ideas has only benefited the deceivers, if this knowledge had been passed down like now, then people could be more prepared to combat others and utilize it in their personal life.

License to Parent

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There are licenses for driving, diving, flying, for professions like doctors, engineers, construction workers, yet there seems no license requirement for parenting. Society does not look at the importance of rearing children and marriage as a responsibility but rather a service. Ultimate cost of improper parenting and family union is being paid heavily by society.

Ultimate cost of improper parenting and family union is being paid heavily by society.

Now, I have wrote about the bureaucracy of public institutions and the complexity of the issue of even proposing a parenting license. Even starting to conceptualize the requirements, procedures, and measurements needed to give a license is a tall task. However, one needs to look at the true cost to a family, community, economy, nation and cultural aspects when measuring the devastation of childhood abuse.

Whether it’s the west or the east, one thing is for sure high IQ people tend to reproduce far less. A quick tour in parts of east london, inner cities in new york, or the slums of mumbai its evident that lower socioeconomic status means more children. That doesn’t mean higher socioeconomic status people are better at parenting, but by having less children they are reducing the impact.

In most cases, poverty means early marriage which is again the root cause of all problems, and then popping out half-a-dozen kids means more financial and social responsibility. A license will appearĀ to be a preliminary assessment tool to judge both sexes as well as for the family, and community to measure if couples are ready to start a family.

A license will appearĀ to be a preliminary assessment tool to judge both sexes as well as for the family

The same way one needs to have a license to drive, or to practice medicine it gives validation to the responsibility and duties that a individual needs. For too long, the economical, political, social community have not taken parenting as a serious ‘profession’, because the costs come in so many various avenues it has not been measured properly, but implementing right tools will reduce the impact on society.