“What we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into time. When the only people that existed were troglodytes…cave men…cave women…Neanderthal” (Jimmy Castor, Taking Care Of Business Publishing, 1972). Well, okay, maybe not that far back, but now you mention it, the guy didn’t need a degree in psychology or sociology to get the girl, did he? The debate raging between book smarts and street smarts each have their proponents, but in the beginning there were no book smarts. Modern education as we know it only began around three hundred years ago. Before that, doctor wannabes followed doctors on their rounds, lawyer wannabes studied under established attorneys while others studied smithying under those who practiced their trade. Books had nothing to do with it.
Books have been around from the beginning of recorded time, as seen in the Dead Sea scrolls, the archaeological finds in Egypt, modern day Syria and Turkey plus records of the ancient books in the Library of Alexandria. Both book and street proponents may go back in time to the original street smart Man whose name was Jesus. It is a matter of record that He studied the ancient wisdom of many countries, for there are records in China, ancient America, Wales and India that He studied with priests of their wisdom schools and gained their knowledge, or book smarts, in addition to their love and respect. When He returned to His home to teach, it is also a matter of record that He avoided those who would have censored Him, jailed Him for heresy or punished Him for teaching without a license, or street smarts.
So that’s the ancient history. Moving right along, think of the world of warcraft, for example. Did Hannibal, Alexander or many of the Caesars have manuscripts to study with which to divine methods of attack? No, they thought of it themselves, only after which did these means become the history of warcraft soldiers study today. By the way, George Washington kicked the Brits’ butts with no more education than anyone else had at that time. What began as street smarts ended up being book smarts, but both had to begin somewhere.
Today, there are more college dropouts than they can shake a stick at with names as big as Bill Gates, Dave Thomas of Wendy’s fame and Ray Kroc of McDonald’s fame. Or, to consider one of the most famous fictional characters of all time, Miss Scaahhlett made it to the top on sheer guts and desperation, picking up the knowledge she needed on the way. To even the odds some, do you think Bond. . .James Bond went to college to learn how to capture the interest of Ursula Andress? Nah. Street smarts has a lot to recommend it, including Vivien Leigh and Pierce Brosnan.
Book smarts have famous folk, too, such as George Lucas, and maybe that’s enough said. Both have good points, the main point being any kind of smarts start with the individual.
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