I've been staring at my celing the past 30-40 minutes and I've really come to accept something. I am sixteen. I have a low-A average in grade 10 at a local public high school. My question is; why do I see myself as intelligent? And why have others said the same? (note: please, no one get me wrong, I do not want this to turn into an 'aw, tyler you're smart' thread. that is not the aim). People in school have literally told me I am the smartest person they know. I got invited to a UofT class to sit in by a student I met while playing hockey. I've been able to actually not do one piece of homework and still pull off my low A average (I have one truly intelligent teacher and he doesn't mark much on homework. Still, he noted on my report card that my homework completion record was 'Needs Improvement' - right beside my final mark, 87) all year. I mean, what the hell? People in my school work their ass off for a mid 70 and I sleep half a day and get a mid eighty? The point is, everything seems to indicate I'm intelligent. But I'm not. I understand the word intelligence even less now. I just did some reading through my past contributions at sciforums and have realized that I have posted little to nothing of any intellectual substance. And that which did have any true substance was only me regurgitating what some intelligent human being once said long ago. I see people sitting around sometimes debating one philosopher against another's work and these people seem to consider themselves intelligent. Why? All we do is spit out what someone else came up with. For the first time in a while I'm reminded of my quote which, incidentally, came at a time when had you asked me and I felt like being honest I would say I consider myself an exceptionally intelligent person. Great are not those who hold the answers, rather those who pose the questions. I am just someone who holds a couple answers. Someone who's read a little. And yet for the longest time I considered myself intelligent. What this all boils down to is the fact that I have never once said anything original. I have no remotly intelligent original ideas, and I believe that shows that I am not intelligent. The point of this is that it is time for me to step down. I believe it was chosen whom I told about lunch times when people from school would in front of me listening to me speak or debating with me. I know that for the majority of the last school year if there was a political or philosophical question floating around I would inevitably end up getting my say in it. What I've now decided is no more. Like that guy at the end of Pi; if someone asks me a philosophical or political question not about a fact but opinion, I will simply tell them "I don't know, what's your view". I'm sixteen years old and I've accepted the fact that I'm not intelligent. Maybe someone near me is, and I think the best thing I can do is let them speak and find out if they have the potential to do great things and propose new questions.