OpinionJournal – Peggy Noonan: “I note here what is to me a mystery. It is that people with lower IQs somehow tend, in our age, to have a greater apprehension of the meaning of things and the reality of life, than do our high-IQ professionals, who often seem, in areas outside their immediate field, startlingly dim. I don’t know why intellectuals–or cerebralists or eggheads or IQ hegemonists–seem to miss the most obvious things, floating on untethered by common sense. If you talk to a brilliant scholar at a fine university about social policy, chances are he will say with honest perplexity that he cannot understand–really cannot understand–why people would not want men to marry men, or women women. I wish there were a name for this, for the cluelessness of the more intellectually accomplished, the simpler but truer wisdom of those who are often less lettered and less accomplished.
But I have strayed from my point, which is that in the midst of the increasing complexity we should limit as much as possible what is decided by government, limit its power, and have some actual sympathy for politicians who have to master the arcane subject matter. Better they make decisions than our black-robed masters. “
Is Ms. Noonan really for real? When she says “people with lower IQs somehow tend, in our age, to have a greater apprehension of the meaning of things” does she really mean that people with lower IQs are afraid of the meaning of things? And this is a good thing?
I am sorry, but the past 5+ years have pretty much proved to me that I really do want someone running this country who actually can put two thoughts together in a manner that wont send the rest of the world running for the bunkers…
I pulled up her column because of a mention in “The Carpetbagger” about the first half of her column, but the more I read the more I remembered why I quit reading the Journal’s Opinion pages…They just don’t make any sense, but then I am a “Bush Hater” so what do I know?