If you are the smartest person in the room…

I have a real problem with this statement, but give me a few minutes let me explain myself here.

So let’s say you are indeed the smartest person in the room of 5 people. According to this statement, YOU are the smartest person in the room (congratulations, by the way) and that means you don’t belong in that room. So what now? What do you do? Do you leave? Okay fine… you leave the room.

I will talk about where you went in a moment, but for now let us see what happens next. After you leave this room, there will be 4 people left and the smartest of those 4 people (let’s say it is me) would again be in the wrong room and so therefore, I would probably have to leave the room as well, isn’t it? This will go on over and over and over again until there is only ONE person left in the room because they would eventually be the smartest (and only) person in the room after all. In fact, to take the statement literally, the the smartest person in an empty room is still the smarted person in that room and is definitely in the wrong room. So… does that now mean that we should not be in rooms? This is my first problem.

Now back to where you (and I) went after we left the first room. Perhaps, we both went into separate other rooms, and you know what’s going to happen in those rooms again, right? Yes… the same damn process repeats all over again! If you’re not the smartest person in the new room, the smartest person would probably have to leave because they’re too smart for the others (like you). And the smartest people would leave until you become the smartest person in the room, and… paragraph two repeats itself all over again… and this is my second problem.

Technically speaking, no matter how “stupid” a person is, they will always be smarter (or less stupid) than at least one other person. So you can see how this leads to a never ending elimination process. “If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room” means that you will always be in the wrong room or there will never be a room that will be right for you.


So therefore, what now is the moral of this statement?

A. People should not stay in rooms?
B. Only one person should be in a room?
C. Everyone should be equally smart (which is impracticable, by the way) so that we can all share one room?
D. People should stay outside or in non-rooms, so that we can avoid this statement (or problem) altogether?
E. People should forget about who is the smartest person in a room, and judge based on shoe brands?

Or… can you help me out here? What’s your opinion on this matter?


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3 thoughts on “If you are the smartest person in the room…

  1. Tope March 23, 2015 / 09:45

    Confusing, enlightening and confusing again.

    I see now why a lot the phrase “its relative” is used a lot.

    Walking away with this lesson “no matter how stupid you are, there is always that one person you are smarter than”

    So really who is stupid and who is dumb?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kheme March 23, 2015 / 09:57

      Technically speaking, there are no stupid people. Ask those that study the brain, and they will tell you this 🙂


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