Posted by Shae on January 09, 2003
In Reply to: The brighter you are posted by R. Berg on January 09, 2003
: : : What is the moral of the following:
: : : "Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater."
: : : &
: : : "The brighter you are, the more you have to learn."
: : The first phrase means that one is likely to learn and develop more as a person through experiencing difficulties, like a lack of money, than through being in situations that present no serious challenges, like never having to think about making a living.
: : The second phrase means it is precisely the people who find that things come easy for them who need to work harder and learn more to reach their potential, presumably because their potential is much greater than for those who aren't naturally bright.
: The intent of the second phrase may also include the idea that people of high intelligence have extra lessons coming to them because they start out believing that just being bright means they already know everything.
Those who think they know everything are very annoying to those of us who do.