“Smart in one thing, dumb in others”

I hate eavesdropping but I overheard this last night while walking home from work in NYC.  The couple had been talking about a rich, smart, and good looking friend that apparently also had a stupid side.  

Presumably, the couple excelled in one aspect where the friend failed.  Wherever there’s strength also lies weakness.  

Isn’t that what friends are for?  To help others in areas of underachievement and flaws so the group wins.  It sounded to me that the couple were more jealous than helpful to the friend, a comment full of spite.  

Perfection is a theory.  But each of us has a special skill, our comparative advantage, that contributes to society as a whole.  The difference is in those that want to actually help others versus those that enjoy seeing someone fail.  

We’re all in this together, each of us pieces of the larger puzzle.  We have to fit into each other in order to progress. 

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.