The process of creating our daily query is a complex and diverse one, with some questions leaping from my head like Athena, while others require hours of massaging and tortured think-amajigs to achieve even a semblance of coherence.  (This one might had needed another seventeen minutes or so, now that I think of it.)  Once in a while, though, we have to consider one of the great posers that face us a species, one of the truly BIG questions that vex generations of our greatest scholars…

But, since we’ve already done “Ginger vs. Mary Ann”, we’ll go another direction.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) sometimes ponders the imponderable, while contemplating the nature of conceptual reality and eating Chunky Monkey, asking: Given no other options, would you rather be a miserable genius or a happy idiot?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. clubberlang6
    December 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm — Reply

    I would rather a genius

  2. Goofball814
    December 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    I’ve always though of myself as a genius, but since I’m also happy in life, maybe I’m idiot and just don’t know it!

  3. TJM
    December 14, 2013 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    As much as i would like to be a genius, if choosing idiocy would lead to true happiness i’d take it.

    That’s a rather selfish decision isn’t it? A genius would certainly contribute much more to the world. But at the cost of my personal joy? Pfeh.

    Heck, i bet all the great philanthrophists throughout history took some pleasure in selflessly serving others.

  4. December 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm — Reply

    I am a happy Idiot, but I will always aspire to me a miserable genius

  5. December 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm — Reply

    So my choice is “or death?” You guys should have assessed the cake demand a bit more thoroughly…Seriously, having been, at times, a quite happy idiot, I’d like to give the miserable genius thing a try. I’d hope to learn to cope long enough to produce something of greatness before the inevitable Hemmingway, or help to define that elusive middle ground between the two extremes.

  6. Hannah Jones
    December 14, 2013 at 6:52 pm — Reply

    I’d rather be a miserable genius than an happy idiot any day. I think maybe it’s just my sense of vanity though.

  7. December 14, 2013 at 7:57 pm — Reply

    Happy idiot, because I’m already a miserable insane person, and we all know there is a fine line between genius and insanity.

  8. dan
    December 14, 2013 at 11:21 pm — Reply

    I’ll take rosario dawson.

    • Marco
      December 15, 2013 at 9:11 am — Reply

      She’s a happy genious.

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