What It Feels Like To Be Stupid, When You Used To Be Smart

From Quora (via Slate) comes this fascinating first-hand account of a man who had an arterial problem that depleted his brain and nerves from much needed nutrients. The results prove that ignorance is, in fact, bliss:

[O]nce I got used to it and resigned myself, it was great. Even though I knew I had a worrying illness, I was happy as a pig in mud. I no longer had the arrogance of being frustrated with slow people, I abandoned many projects which reduced a lot of stress, I could enjoy films without knowing what would happen (my nickname before this used to be 'comic book guy' if you get the reference), and I became amazingly laid back and happy go lucky. I got on with people much better. I developed much more respect for one of my friends in particular who I always considered slow - it turned out he is much deeper than I thought, I just never had the patience to notice before. You could say I had more time to look around. The world just made more sense. The only negative, apart from struggling to perform at work, and having to write everything down, was that I no longer found sci-fi interesting - it just didn't seem important. (I'm not joking, although it sounds like a cliché.)

1 comments :: What It Feels Like To Be Stupid, When You Used To Be Smart

  1. I love Flowers for Algernon and this story is really interesting

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