Intellectuals Are…

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“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

Intellectuals are
As pedantic as they come
Writing paragraphed sentences
With monotonous hums.

Intellectuals are
Verbose and voluble
Text like bitter pills
That aren’t soluble.
(But you take it anyway,
Because the doctor says so.
Get a new doctor overmorrow.)

Intellectuals are
Never crisp and clear
Rambling like senile old men
With limitless casks of beer.

With heads the size of asteroids
And pretentious body odor
The writing of Nietzsche and Freud
Can make a drunk man sober
(And probably killed Hemingway)

Are you afraid that brevity
Exposes the ultimate falsity
Of your hypotheses and analogies
That extend into Man’s Pre-History?

Or does Ego necessitate length,
And length authority?
Because authority is a strength
That dupes many a society.

What’s more disconcerting
Is the universal admiration
For what actually causes suffering
In the world of education.

It must have been the tendency
Of civilizations to be quite chatty
Using ten words instead of one
To delineate social stature for fun.

Thankfully, times change
And so do thinkers too
The Modern Intellectual
Knows exactly what to do:

Keep it simple, silly.


(NaPoWriMo 2013 #11)


16 thoughts on “Intellectuals Are…

  1. Pingback: Stranger In A Strange Land | Realiction

  2. Ah the KISS principle -love it. I have to leave out half the lecture notes because I just don’t understand what they are going on about sometimes.

  3. Brilliant! Truer words have never been spoken.
    If intellectuals were succinct, they probably wouldn’t hear their own voices as much. And who knows how their precious egos would survive that ;).

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