Friday, 15 February 2008

Surprising

When conversing with a person of whom it would be fair to say was possessed of an unrefined intellect- or perhaps, was not possessed of a refined intellect- I ventured the following in the aspiration of helping along the intellectual proceedings at hand through aiding his realisation as to where matters stood regarding our mutual capacities for understanding somewhat abstract matters, and why he should place his trust in my deeper mental vision:

You won't mind my saying, you're obviously not very intelligent.

Ironically, in further incarnation of his unrefinement, he did specifically mind my saying that he was obviously not very intelligent. External life is an unpredictable minefield, be warned.

6 comments:

Neil Forsyth said...

Could have told you that. Here's one for free: don't tell anyone they're ugly. That won't go down well either. Even, I might add, if their ugliness is so apparent that small children cry, women faint in their presence and all except those with exceedingly strong stomachs (politicians, for example) bring up their suppers.

Andrew K said...

Thanks for that contribution, Neil. People are a most strange breed.

elberry said...

Most amusing, i used to tell Bonehead, "look, you're just thick" and "you come from Bradford, you're ignorant." He used to get quite uptight about it.

Andrew K said...

You do your best for people, and do they salute you for it?

kiwinavega said...

Clearly highlighting a person's lack of mental prowess is a public service. If people don't realise they aren't endowed with a powerful intellect, how do they know to expand their minds?

More important, perhaps, is the ability of a wise man to continue learning...

Andrew K said...

True, K. If they were not aware that there is a vacuum to be filled, how could they not become improved?

Just in case, I'll add that the original post is a little in the way of being pure fiction.