Throughout time, Man has asked a few Big Questions.
Who am I?
Why am I here?
Would you rather be:
Socrates asked it.
What happened to him?
Death by hemlock.
Gilbert Blythe answered:
"Smart is better than being good-looking (or popular)."
And for that he had to work for years to earn the affections of his One True Love.
The Oldest Carrotstick's Honors English class debated that Eternal Question in class recently.
They took an anonymous survey of the class.
The vote was split 24 to 3.
Only three in the Honors class chose popularity.
The three dissenters proved to be our own family philosopher and fledgling hedonist -- the Oldest Carrotstick, and two of her friends (who, interestingly enough, are boys).
The three debated their choice thusly:
"If you're popular," they argued, "you can still be smart. And it's really important to have good people skills, when you have a job and stuff. Besides that, you'll have Way More Fun, than if you're just smart."
Add that to your Socratic paradoxes.