Would You Rather #1: be Known for your Intelligence or Good Looks?


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I came across a long list of would you rather questions on SignUpGenius which I found intriguing. So, I have decided to answer them as posts in order to discover myself more and also give you the opportunity to evaluate yourself concerning what you deem important.
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As a young adult in the 21st century, there is no doubt that ‘good looks’ does help to an extent in accessing certain places in the world especially the entertainment industry. But in most cases, it takes more than your appealing outlook to attract attention from the right people.

I believe that the beauty of a woman lies in her character and intelligence. It goes way beyond the stereotypic curvature of her body. After all, who defines ‘good looks,’ the cosmopolitan magazines? Well, you are sure to be rewarded by covering the magazines in vogue and claiming a lot of cosmetic endorsements. But when you age (which we all shall), and someone takes your place on the cover, what happens next?

Most people may have passed decades ago but are still remembered and celebrated up to this day because of what they have contributed to the world via their brain work or talents. William Shakespeare, Chinua Achebe, Kofi Annan, Mark Zuckerberg and a host of others continue to inspire people all around the whole world not primarily because of their good looks.

And coming from a school where the ‘Brainy Beauty’ is the epitome of a true woman, I have learnt that it is far more substantial to be known for your brains than your mere looks. Even the Bible says ‘charm is deceptive and beauty is vain‘ (fleeting) – Proverbs 31:30a. So why bank all your success on your looks which would be outdated in the next two or three decades? As it is said, the beautiful ones are yet unborn. Someone far more beautiful is growing up to overthrow you. And Pete Edochie, a renowned Nollywood actor is known to have said this, “when a girl has beauty without brains, the private parts suffer the most.” This is awfully true since young people of today think their breakthrough into fame is leaking sex tapes. It might work out for a while but the long term consequences are certainly not worth the trouble. For me, that is the most miserable position for a woman to find herself.

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And for the guys, I’m not going to sideline you. Been named the ‘finest’ or ‘sexiest’ man of your generation might give a head start with the girls but any lady worth her salt would be more interested in your intelligence than your slim body and six packs. If you’re comfortable being with someone who is with you only because you are good to look at and thus will serve as an enviable arm candy is probably as vain as you are. She won’t help you become a better person in any way. And when she gets bored because you have nothing more to offer, she’ll leave you for someone more promising.

Good looks is a big plus if you’ve been blessed with some because people may give you the benefit of a second glance and spare a minute to hear you out. But not falling within the world’s category of ‘beautiful’ doesn’t disadvantage you from making an impact in the world.

I want to be known for how my intelligence helped better the world than how pretty my photos look on Facebook. And to be clear, to be tagged intelligent isn’t exclusive to the scientists or economists. Everyone making the very best out his talents is intelligent. Be intelligent in your office, music/art studio, classroom, sports field, on stage…anywhere you find yourself.

Do you agree with me or you think good looks matters more than intelligence? Kindly share your thoughts; I can’t wait to read them!

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27 Comments Add yours

  1. subtleroyalty says:

    That’s always a hard question to answer. I mean wouldn’t everyone want to be a ‘brainy beauty’? But it’s a would-you-rather question so I guess I go with brains:) because in this day, you can ‘buy’ beauty hihi

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  2. me says:

    Absolutely! In fact, I think we are fast moving to the era where everyone is seeking something extra from that other person– it’s like, “I have seen, read and heard about beauty, show me something no one has been able to find the words to describe.” There’s just that extra lingering thread of fascination that presents itself upon meeting a beautiful mind. I am of the opinion that “if it soothes the mind, it would appeal to the eyes”, effectively, people can automatically become all that good looking (even against all odds) if they have intelligent and compelling minds!

    Nice post! 😀

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I love your opinion! Couldn’t agree more. 👍

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  3. Joel Jemba says:

    Brain over beauty, I mean you can’t have beauty for dinner, Yes?

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  4. iKomusana says:

    I have nothing useful to add for you have said it all articulately .
    Just a quote from the series “Being Mary Jane ”
    “Beauty is what happens when you close your legs and open your brain”

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Love the quote! Very well said! 👍

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  5. Shereen says:

    As much as we’d all like to pick intelligence, as we should. I can’t help but notice that beauty is kicking some serious but these days. In our social media obsessed world, all the pretty boys and girls are the ones making money or getting opportunities. Most get handed the opportunity for their beauty and hire someone to take care of the “intelligence” part of the opportunity. For example we have many beauty gurus writing books that they didn’t write. Ahhhh. I’ll take a bit of both please…

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Hmmm… It’s an undeniable fact. And your choice is just right! Thanks for passing by. 👍☺

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  6. skamponsah says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Well said. My thoughts are from this scripture, 1 Peter 1: 3-4.

    “3. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.
    4. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

    God bless you for this insightful words.

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    1. skamponsah says:

      1 Peter 3: 3-4 rather.

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    2. joseyphina says:

      God bless you too, Stephen. Thanks for passing by. ☺

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  7. amoafowaa says:

    I love and support this “And coming from a school where the ‘Brainy Beauty’ is the epitome of a true woman, I have learnt that it is far more substantial to be known for your brains than your mere looks.” Fact.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Amoafowaa ☺

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    2. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Amoafowaa☺

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  8. Colleen says:

    “And coming from a school where the ‘Brainy Beauty’ is the epitome of a true woman, I have learnt that it is far more substantial to be known for your brains than your mere looks.” PREACH!!!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Oh I am, sister! 👆☺

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  9. M'afua Awo Twumwaah says:

    I think intelligence wins over good looks any day if it’s about last and long-term

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I agree with you, M’afua. 👍

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  10. Marianne says:

    i agree with your reasoning…but I have to add, after 40 years as a “brain” I am alone in life….I would rather have beauty and a little brain , keeping character the same ( strong)

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Marianne 😃

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  11. Ufuomaee says:

    I think this is a no-brainer! LOL! The only person/s who would say beauty is more valuable or important must not have a good brain 🙂 Nice series… I’m all caught up now.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Lol! Good to know you’re caught up with the series! 👍

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  12. Desaha says:

    You got me glued to my laptop but i finally did it!!…. i went through the series…#would you rather to the very beginning. You are an amazing writer.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Wow you did? I’m so impressed! You deserve an award! Thank you, sweetie! 👏👏👏🙌

      Liked by 1 person

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