When I meet new people, I am reminded of the type of people who are attracted to me, and the type of person I am. Apparently, I am cerebral, and I appreciate the company of intelligent people. As I thought about most of my good friends, I realized how smart, on the whole, our community of friends is, and how much we value intelligent pursuits. Granted, I have spent most of my last decade in university and teaching, two places where smart people are easy to find, but some of my friendships with intelligent people go back to when I was ten years old and I earned the nickname "Professor" within ten minutes of my first time at camp from one of my more erudite and well-read colleagues. And I appreciate how intelligent - not just well-educated, which can be a different entity entirely - most of my good friends are, and how they can help me sharpen my mind. With this in mind (pun intended), I have been reminded of a goal I have had since I was ten years old: I have wanted to know my IQ and join Mensa, the High IQ society. I don't want to do it out of ego or a desire to look better on my resume, but I genuinely want to know where I would fit in that community. So I am making it a goal for this year to take the IQ test and see how I fit into that world. And maybe I'll make some new brain buddies along the way.
"Look upon me! I'll show you the life of the mind!" - Charlie Meadows, Barton Fink (1991)