When I become close friends with people, I become happy knowing I can argue and debate with them.
And this question is always something I ask.
First.. Let me define some key terms and outline certain ideas. Intelligent, aware of the world good or bad, people are normally sad because they see all the darkness in the world. While naive - or unaware - and happy people are happy because of this lack of understanding regarding the world’s darkness.
Typically.. Intelligent people work towards a long term goal that builds their happiness eventually, but they run into a great deal of sorrow on the way. While.. Naive people work towards short term goals that make them happy in that moment.
Personally, I would like to be naive and happy. Just because I’m intelligent (eh) and sad right now, and it sucks. I’m not saying naive people lack the skills to think, but because I’m not oblivious to my environment and the world, I let my thoughts consume me. And through all these thoughts, I study people. I study their actions towards me and what thoughts and events led up to these actions.
It’s more than an understanding of the world.. It’s an understanding of human relations.