Is kindness or intelligence more beneficial to mankind?

Posted by: benjaminimuffin

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Intelligence

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benjaminimuffin says2014-10-24T21:00:25.3158576-05:00
I disagree with the notion that being smart is more important than being kind
benjaminimuffin says2014-10-24T21:02:00.3066932-05:00
Vox: You can even remove cruel government from the equation, I'd still go with cavemen
Vox_Veritas says2014-10-24T21:02:33.3528190-05:00
However, as people are selfish, cavemen are just as likely to be sadistic psychopaths as modern people.
benjaminimuffin says2014-10-24T21:03:55.7052190-05:00
Yeah, but life is less private as a caveman. They probably wouldn't get away with much
Vox_Veritas says2014-10-24T21:05:23.4708190-05:00
This website has a shockingly high number of people who believe things like "the strong should survive and the weak should be wiped out". I mean seriously. It's disturbingly common, and I am guessing that at least several people will vote for Intelligence. Of course, I would not be willing to sacrifice sentience just to be around kind people, but still.
benjaminimuffin says2014-10-24T21:07:54.0145624-05:00
Yeah, ironic considering most of us are antisocial, physically inept weirdos xD
Vox_Veritas says2014-10-24T21:08:35.0748152-05:00
Oh wait...You don't just mean in society, do you?
benjaminimuffin says2014-10-24T21:09:17.2114956-05:00
Wait what?
Ore_Ele says2014-10-24T21:09:27.5545608-05:00
You may find some, but probably not too many.
Vox_Veritas says2014-10-24T21:11:20.0885419-05:00
Make a poll called "Should the elderly be euthanized?" and you'll find out what I mean. When you base everything on Utilitarian logic, you will not value human life.
YamaVonKarma says2014-10-24T21:12:06.8814460-05:00
Beyond 90, sure.
Vox_Veritas says2014-10-24T21:12:15.9055421-05:00
I thought this poll was asking whether it was better for a society to be advanced or compassionate.
benjaminimuffin says2014-10-24T21:14:38.1897256-05:00
Well I guess it applies to both
benjaminimuffin says2014-10-24T21:15:05.1940180-05:00
Well most people are on the fence regarding euthanasia as it is
Vox_Veritas says2014-10-24T21:15:29.7958488-05:00
Yeah, it kind of does. In my case I lack both, but still...
benjaminimuffin says2014-10-24T21:16:28.5787421-05:00
Come on, everyone has both in them. It just manifests in different ways.
benjaminimuffin says2014-10-24T21:16:49.9195421-05:00
I've been valuing intelligence too much. I need to focus on my soul
YamaVonKarma says2014-10-24T21:17:57.1260264-05:00
Soul = Overrated
Vox_Veritas says2014-10-24T21:21:21.7339421-05:00
Your soul is eternal. I don't think that one can overrate eternity.
benjaminimuffin says2014-10-24T21:22:40.8505012-05:00
Overrated? How so. I think innovation, progress, and technological advancement are overrated. Look at the people exploited and manipulated and oppressed because these things. Manifest Destiny? African imperialism? Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Advanced weaponry in WWI? Any of this ring a bell? There is a dark side to intelligence, and this is it. There is no dark side to kindness.
benjaminimuffin says2014-10-24T21:23:51.5671144-05:00
I'd rather be surrounded by kind hearts than cruel minds
benjaminimuffin says2014-10-24T21:26:05.9645604-05:00
Basically, kind and stupid is better than mean and smart. IMO
YamaVonKarma says2014-10-24T21:28:26.8517728-05:00
Your soul is something to worry about after death.... Depending on your afterlife.
Comrade_Silly_Otter says2014-10-24T21:29:44.9941764-05:00
A combination of both would be the best. Intelligence without kindness is deadly, while kindness without intelligence is difficult.. We need both, just think of kindness as being wise, and intelligence as it is. A wise one sees how futile war is, and how being mean accomplishes less then being nice.
Renegader says2014-10-25T01:14:41.7623838-05:00
I'd prefer mean and smart 100% of the time. We need a world that actually functions opposed to a bunch of morons kissing eachother's boo boos
Vox_Veritas says2014-10-25T11:20:31.2563804-05:00
Would you prefer people who tortured you with technology advanced enough to make it hurt 100 times more than a taser?
reece says2014-10-26T11:54:03.3229004-05:00
@Vox_Veritas You don't know much about tasers, do you?
Vox_Veritas says2014-10-26T15:35:06.1869496-05:00
What do I not know that you do, just out of curiosity?
reece says2014-10-26T21:53:08.7485523-05:00
@Vox_Veritas a lot of things e.g. my own personal life but that aside, i was asking a question.
Vox_Veritas says2014-10-26T22:04:24.6856052-05:00
That's what I mean. What do you know about tasers that I do not? I'm not particularly well educated on the workings of tasers. What was wrong with my original analogy?
reece says2014-10-26T22:10:12.8017143-05:00
@Vox_Veritas Before i answer, did you mean making tasers hurt 100 time more?
Vox_Veritas says2014-10-26T22:13:43.9999295-05:00
I was not saying that tasers would be used in my scenario. The level of pain inflicted by tasers was used as a unit of measurement. I said "100 times more than a taser" as a measurement. And yes, I do believe that technology can make it possible to inflict that level of pain without killing someone.

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