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Should mental superiority guarantee positions of power to individuals?

Asked by: TrueIngsoc
  • Yes, but we must be careful

    As somebody mentioned on the other side, sometimes smarter people tend to be more corrupt and have an agenda of their own that they may try to push. However, an intelligent person who has the best interest of the people at heart would be much more capable than anybody the people could elect. The people are just a little stupid, they don't know who to elect or who would be more capable of running the country smoothly. Launching two wars in the middle east for example, is not something an intelligent person would do.

  • The way it is now sucks

    I'm not even going to explain my position, only thing i have to say, is the current situation any better? Only people that go into position of power are people who kiss more asses, please more people and speak more lies that other people in power want to hear so they can get support from them. Entire politics is a web of lies designed only for more liars and cheaters to descend to the throne. If more neutral intelligent people would be pushed to the throne, uncorrupted, perhaps something would be done

  • Power equals position

    Mental power should give people positions of power. This is simply rational, as a person who possess mental fortitude would know how to use it properly. Not only this, but intelligence leads to innovation in all fields, and innovation means progress. We as a species need intelligent people leading us, so that we may progress and solve the ailments of our time.

  • Unfortunately no and here is why:

    The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...Who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”
    ― Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda

  • Nope. Mental superiority should be no guarantee of social power!

    Nope. I disagree. Mental superiority is no guarantee that an individual deserves any position of power in society. Power comes with enormous responsibility and elevated mental aptitude in specific subjects does not guarantee that a person is fit to lead. Will he do what is best for those he has responsibility over, even at great sacrifice to him/herself? Is the individual a moral/ethical person out to promote the public good or will he do things primarily to benefit him/herself?

    Sorry, but elevated moral aptitude by itself should be no guarantee of any position of power.

  • Mental superiority does not mean one will be a good leader

    If you were to make it to where only those of greater mental aptitude were able to gain positions of power then yes that person would have a better understanding of how to govern things but that doesn't guarantee that said Individual or Individuals would have everyone's best interests. Knowledge is power but unfortunately in this world most of the people with greater knowledge who are already in power tend to be corrupt, clueless or somewhat sociopathic. I am not saying we should have morons in positions of power but rather people of average intelligence, people that can learn to earn those positions of power based on their performance.

  • No,mental superority should not guarantee positions of power to individuals.

    No,just because someone is smarter than other people does not necesarily mean they would make a good leader.Many times these type of people have such a supiority complex that other people just resent them and can not follow them so many times an average intelligence person would make a better leader.

  • But highly intelligent people should occupy positions of power, BUT that alone should not be a guarantee

    Just not on that alone. The people in power should be extraordinarily intelligent. However, that alone should not guarantee a person a position of power. It also depends on how they will use it and to who's benefit. Will they use it for the collective benefit of mankind, for their nation, for their community? Or for themselves? Yet what does "for themselves" mean? The safest sort of person to have in power would harmonize the two, their only and greatest pleasures would be to expand their own intelligence and capabilities and to use that for the benefit of the greater good. That would eliminate the difference between self-interest and the common good for that particular person.


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Juan_Pablo says2014-01-01T01:58:38.847
In my post above, "elevated moral aptitude" should be replaced with "high intelligence". Sorry about this.