First Rate Intelligence

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”

That’s from an F. Scott Fitzgerald essay. Scott wrote it 85 years ago and it’s as fresh today as it was when he put it on paper.

In a world that’s amplified by social media, people have chosen a path of all or nothing. A zero-tolerance world is one of zero wisdom. It’s a brightly lit path without guard rails.

Step off it and plunge into the cancellation abyss. Unless you’re the kind of person who doesn’t care what others think.

When I saw this stickered truck bathed in tropical light, I naturally took a picture.

As I looked closer at the owner’s affiliations and self-proclamations, I was reminded of Fitzergald’s words and reminded myself to strive for intelligence.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.