Be A Genius

All too often in life we keep looking for answers in complications when right before our nose is the answer.   I like cliches because they would not become a cliche if there were not a seed of truth in it.  For example, when someone they are working with provides a solution on a problem that seemed to frustrate all involved, one person in the group, once the answer is discovered will proclaim, “Wow, that was so simple!  It’s Genius!”.   Another way of looking at this is the philosophy I learned in school called KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid).   Another example of this concept is the overhead cam engine, it is consider a better design because of less moving parts.  There are no push-rods to bend causing thousands of dollars in repair costs.

Still another way of understanding this concept of simplicity is getting the basics down.  Learn the building blocks of whatever you attempt to do and it will always be a service to you.  It will be easy to remember and file away in your brain.  You can then build up to complicated situations and stay on course.

The opposite is also true, if a complicated subject seems to be confusing then it may very well be a false paradigm and something to reconsider or reevaluate.  Also learn to trust your gut, another cliche is your first guess is divine and usually more correct, the second guess comes from the spirit down below.   All this is predicated on being truthful with yourself, know yourself thru learning with critical thinking, questioning everything and reading as much as you can.  As Clint Eastwood would say, “A man’s gotta know his limitations”.  Then go and be a genius.

6 comments to Be A Genius

  • Jon

    What was the key to Apples success with Steve Jobs

    Without Jobs, Apple’s only missing piece is the role he unofficially filled for years: chief advocate for media, humanities and liberal arts. If that sounds trivial, remember this: At several key points in its history, Jobs’ skill in this role saved and transformed the company.

  • Great post….
    Now for some history on old cliche’s…
    [bear with me, this is rather long, but I think it is worth a Monday reply:
    Us older people need to learn something new every day just to keep the grey matter tuned up.
    Interesting History:

    Where did “Piss Poor” come from?….
    They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken &
    Sold to the tannery…….if you had to do this to survive you were “Piss Poor”

    But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot……they “didn’t have a pot to
    piss in”
    & were the lowest of the low.

    The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:

    Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were starting to smell by mid-year… Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.
    Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting Married.

    Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.. Hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the Bath water!”

    Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof..Hence the saying “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

    There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence!

    The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, “Dirt poor.” The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold!

    (Getting quite an education, aren’t we?)

    In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they
    lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the
    stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes
    stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, “bring home the bacon.” They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

    Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

    Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

    Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would Sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead
    and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

    England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up
    coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive… So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell;
    thus,someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.

    And that’s the truth….Now, whoever said History was boring!!!

    So…get out there and educate someone! ~~~ Share these facts with a friend.

    Remember: “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.” Thomas Jefferson

    Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, ‘What the heck happened?’

    We’ll be friends until we are old and senile. Then we’ll be new friends. Smile, it gives your face something to do!

  • Remember the best thing about Alzheimer’s is, you get to meet so many new people.

    Great set of interesting facts you have there. More than one of them put a smile on my face. Trying to keep a light mood while everything’s getting tense.

  • Thankful

    Great Job PLanet Prisoner.
    I love the one that says Its fun to reminisce with strangers, granted it takes longer.

  • Ken Brodeur

    Thanks Planet Prisoner!
    Here is another cliche which has become a western custom as much as a cliche, “God Bless You” is often spoken after someone sneezes. In the middle ages or dark ages when people’s life span averaged 35 to 40 years and good health hard to come by, many people would drop dead after a sneeze because your heart stops when you sneeze and for the poor in health it would be a cause of death, or maybe a dead ringer!

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