Thursday, December 13, 2007

Too Much Brain Ain't Too Good For Ya.

(An entry in between class and lunch).
Aunt says; You're a smart kid. No need to believe her because I know better how can I be a smart kid when I'm always the last in class. A smart kid is like Ibrahim bin Long, or Suhaimi bin Putih, or Nor Azmi bin Shamsuddin or Aminuddin bin Ros. I know they're smart because they are always top of the class and there's no way you can beat them. Not in a million years. But I'm smart enough to know that when Aunt says; you're a smart kid, she wants me to drag a huge branch of daun nangka that got blown off by a big wind that comes around this time of the year when it is musim tutup kuala and the fishermen can't go out to sea to catch fish and we all have to make do with ikang sardeng and telor maseng.
But I know this much. I know that each of us has about the same amount of brain. Some of us may have a bit more, maybe two hundred and fifty grams or thereabout but not by as much as 1kg. An extra brain that much won't do a poor guy any good because he'd be too smart for himself that he won't be able to tolerate people like us who have about 750gm or thereabout of brain nicely packed in a head the size not bigger than a handball, or a honey dew.
You can't tell if the guy is smart or dumb as a teapot by the size of the head. I'm pretty sure all the smart brain surgeons in the world will agree with me that the size of the brain doesn't correlate with being smart, medium smart, very smart, or too smart. There are cases where a child with a head not bigger than an olive is smarter than a guy with the head bigger than a stadium.
But this is not the point. The point is; 99% of the people in this world has about enough brain to get by, like survive a traffic jam, price hike, government officers, taxes or politicians. Which is why 99% of the people you or I know are not bothered to talk about issues that may require us to think a little harder than we should. And so when the professor says; Mr Bergen perhaps you'd like to discuss aspects of human rights you may find the government could have violated or abused. And so I smile and say; I think human's all right and they're okay.
But the good professor isn't satisfied with my answer that he has to say something like this; What do you mean exactly by 'okay', does it mean you don't find there's anything wrong with it, or does it mean you are not affected by the events that have unfolded over the last couple of weeks?
I'm not smart enough to know where the good professor is gonna take me with those questions and so I say; Whadda ya think, prof? I know this is not a smart thing to do but really, I don't have that kinda brain to give him the kinda answer he wanna hear. Which leads me to this;
That too much brain ain't good for ya because you wanna intellectualize everything that in the end a simple thing becomes so complicated that you can't see what's in front of you. It's like you look at all the weather charts to find out about the weather when all you gotta do is just look outside the window to see if it's cloudy or sunny. As it is, I'm okay with this much brain I've got and I don't think I need more than what my head can carry.
Okay, gotta run - next class is at 3;00pm.


Blogger JoKontan said...

"That too much brain ain't good for ya because you wanna intellectualize everything that in the end a simple thing becomes so complicated that you can't see what's in front of you.

Sir Bergeng ! That by itself is a clear definition of smart.

He he,. now I know how to answer my bosss persistent query 'Jo what happeng to the order ?"

"The Order aaa.. The Order is allright and it's OK"

3:18 PM  
Anonymous zara said...

Another well written. How I'm looking forward for ur new entry every day Sir, heh..only me knew about it. Keep on writing Sir...keep on writing..

4:38 PM  
Blogger Kata Tak Nak said...

When I was in school I was so smart that my teachers refused to ask me questions. I think that was how I became dumb. If they had asked me more questions then I would not have got number 40 of 41 in my std 6 mid-year exams.

Anyway we were a little different, we had a hell of a nice time arguing with our profs during tutorials so much so that a prof asked us to sabotage another prof after bribing us nasi briyani. We enjoyed the nasi briyani but we were smart enough to not offend the other prof and yet not fail this prof's paper. Now was I smart or was I smart?

5:01 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Jokontan: The order is in order and it's ok. LOL. Works like a charm.

Zara: Glad you like it, ma'ma.

Kata Tak Nak: Wish my prof belanja nasi briyani ka, nasi bukhara ka atau briyani johor ka. I know it's gonna be good for my brain. LOL

5:46 PM  
Blogger Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Bergen
It must be all that ikang sardeng (aka brain food) that you've eaten when it was musim tutup kuala that resulted in that brain and wit.
Its my comfort food when I'm sick. I'm so easy to please, kan?

10:31 AM  
Blogger tokasid said...

Salam Bergen:

Now this is a brainy issue which should be discussed over a plate of beriyani.Gam or no Gam.
But it would be nice is the Beriyani is accompanied by Brain Korma or Brain panggang with kunyit.

ANd that could be brainstorming too if the weather is like musing tutup kuala without looking at the charts.

Oh my, my rambling is a no brainer!

12:50 PM  
Blogger Azham Shah said...

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3:09 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Fauziah Ismail: I believe by that too, that it should take little to make us happy, and it's gonna take a whole lotta of mountains to make us sad. I live by this.

Tokasid: Now you're talking. LOL, like you first started to blog. I remember the things you used to blog about i.e sup gearbox, cendol in Taiping. LOL. And now brain korma and brain goreng kunyit. You know how to eat, doc. LOL

3:12 PM  
Blogger Zabs said...

Salam Bergen,
Dulu semasa di dalam service, masa attending a staff course, whenever our assignment are not up to standard, our directing staff use to say, "Rumah nak besar, kereta nak besar, gaji nak besar, tapi otak kecik".
Obviously he hasn't known yet "That too much brain ain't good for us."

9:07 PM  
Blogger IBU said...

Enough brain to carry oredi eh?


So can stop eating the fish brain in the curry, eh? hehehe...

9:18 PM  
Blogger Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Bergen
Do hop to my blog. I've tagged you. No obligations, of course.

9:42 AM  
Blogger dee3 said...

i hate it when not-enough-brains are turning peaceful marches into part-anarchy-part-dictactor-like repercussions.

the not-enough-brains (or maybe too-much-brains) means thoughtless remarks thrown to the media too.

why cant the not-enough-brains or too-much-brains foresee the outcome of their actions to the 40k or more people who sees there's a need for intervention in the voting system?
(and more injustice per se, perhaps).

ergh. woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. maybe cos it's saturday and it is N.O.T. a day off. sigh.

have a good weekend everyone.
sorry for digressing pak bergen.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous kl_gal said...

It aint the too much brain..its how we use it thats the problem.As Bill Clinton said " Keep it simple, stupid", i.e dont complicate life. Unfortunately, as your post states many people do deliberately to confuse the rest of us :))

2:32 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Zabs: No, dfella doesn't know. LOL.

Ibu: Aiyoo, dunno larr. Fishhead curry canno resist, anytime of the day.

Fauziah Ismail: Yes, ma'am. Will hop over.

Dee3: Mass rally is not good for traffic, but I guess they don't care. I've quit trying to understand what's the big deal they're fighting for. But I believe everyone has the right to do what they think is right. So I'm all right with both sides. I've got enough brain to know not to take sides. LOL. Or maybe I don't have enough brain to know which side to take. Bigger LOL.

2:33 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

kl_gal: I vote for Bill Clinton. I think he's a smart guy.

2:34 PM  
Blogger NJ said... this another charming and witty (or as you called it a no-brainer) entry was made in between classes and lunch. And I, a no-brainer blogger, would take days just to think about what to ramble in my blog...

Good day sir!

9:43 PM  
Blogger Akmal said...

hi there. Nice write up(",).
Reality is reality. Whatever it is up in front, that is the reality. Thinking can lead us somewhere, but not to make simple things complicated(",). Come on, being too brainy makes man a nerdy. Don't you think so? But being too simple minded may be problematic too.

10:13 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

nj: Thank you, ma'am. You say nice things that make me feel like a million U.S dollars.

Akmal: I'm a simpleton, sir. And that's a fact. LOL.

10:11 AM  
Blogger MaryKate said...

Hi there, thanks for dropping by my blog recently. I have to say that you write really well, took me looooong time to read so many articles, but it was really a joy to read. When I read someone's blog, I feel that I know the person, their thoughts, their fights or struggle, their pains, their love, their happiness, almost everything and all the emotions. I wish I could write as quarter as good as you. You have a fantastic week ahead :)

10:57 AM  
Blogger cakapaje said...

Salam Bergen,

Wah! Less than a fortnight of not visiting, you've got so many entries and fans already! How's things with you bro? Looks like you've got your hands full with classes and cookings, huh. Good! That lunch offer, is still on? :)

7:45 PM  
Blogger jaflam said...

Bergen, I have many smart friends who did not make it to the top. One is too smart that he stop learning, the other was arguing too much with the lecturer that he lost the objective. There were also cases when the smartie think and plan too far ahead of his time..... and very few comprehend them. The worst case is when you are too smart and good at work, you are threat to everybody including your boss ... they will make sure that you get nowhere. I just stay "sederhana" and have a balanced life nowadays.

7:25 AM  
Blogger ~ GAB ~ said...

When it comes to smart thing, I always see people can be smart in many ways. I have seen how smart, people with less-than-smart that manage to outsmart the smarter ones, that in turn the smart ones are not that smart after all.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous zara said... 'dying' from not reading ur entry.. so pls, keep writing. hehe..

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Dhahran Sea said...

Hi Bergen,
I really laughed my heart out reading your posting this time (btw [1], its 12 midnite here in Dhahran, KSA and my children are all sleeping, so can't laugh too laud)... it takes quite a brain to write something brainy like that, ha, ha! Btw [2], hope you don't mind my sending your "Mr Ruyom" to my circles of friends? Btw [3], your Prof is just doing his job (ain't we all?)... he has to be seen & perceived to be asking brainy questions... and you my friend, has to play that game by giving some brainy answers... Take care & salam.

5:13 AM  
Blogger Theta said...

I think you handled the Q&A marvellously. :)

It's better to give a straight answer that to go round and round in circle. In the States, it' my observation (and some other Malaysians), them American peers like to talk and talk in class but there's actually no substance at all. In fact, they are just spinning what the prof just uttered.

They talk for the sake of earning them 'participation marks' in class. But I got to take my hats off to them for having the guts to talk at all. :)

4:10 PM  
Blogger nadya said...


lamanya tak jengok2 bergen's blog.
today i spend the whole morning from after subuh prayer till now to rest the post i missed.still lot to read.

to many to comments,..

but 1 thing for sure, since the very beginning..(many2 posting before this one) i know you are a smart one, sir. :)

..and best of luck for your lesson n classes to catch.

8:07 AM  
Blogger tokasid said...

Salam Bergen:

You okay,sir??
Do re-appear by January 1st 2008.

12:43 PM  
Blogger dee3 said...

lama betui pause lepaih lunch, no?


3:34 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Marykate: Good to know that you feel like you know me through the entries in my blog. Now I've gotta read yours so I will get to know you better.

Cakapaje: Yes, sir. You're on the list. Serious.

Jaflam: Yes, sir. I agree. Sederhana is always the best.

Gab: I hope the entry doesn't give anyone the idea that I'm against smart people. LOL. No, I've got nothing against smart people.

Zara: Yes, ma'am. I'm back.

Dhahran Sea: You must be with Aramco. Yes, sir, you can do that with Mr Ruyom's article.

Theta: Those students sound like politicians to me. LOL.

Nadya: Good to have you here, Nadya. Your dad's doing all right?

Tokasid: Looks like I can't wait to re-appear. Okay, I'll stay low and re-appear 1st Jan. Bye. LOL.

Dee3: Lunch kari kepla ikan kena lama skit relax, to look at the world go by like a breeze. LOL.

Thank you for visiting, folks. Happy New Year.

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Dhahran Sea said...

Hi Bergen,
Unfortunately I'm not with Saudi Aramco, our next door neighbor (so near and yet so far)... I'm at the Research Institute, King Fahd U of Petroleum & Monerals (where they fry camels' brains with Brent Light Crude... if you know what I mean)... take care & salam.

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam Bergen,
1st time I'm reading your blog...I guess that sucking a little 'otak ikang' from the fish head won't hurt, heh? Org tua says makan otak ikang will make u dumb... guess I don't know if there's any truth to it...

And salam to Doc. Dhahran Sea of KFUPM... heheh...
p/s: syhhh.... your next door neighbor...

5:55 AM  
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