Saturday, October 27, 2007

When You're Too Smart for Your Own Good

From tody's mailbag, a great joke that illustrates a point about emotional intelligence. If you are all intellect and forget to THINK, you can really get yourself in to trouble.

A priest, a drunk and an engineer are about to be guillotined. Each one is asked in turn how he wants to die, face up or face down.

The priest is first to go the block. He says he wants die face up so can spend his last moments looking up to heaven. Down comes the blade, but there's a hitch and it stops 6 inches from his neck.

The executioner decides that it's a sign from God and decides to free him.

The drunk is next on the block. He can't remember the question so just says I'll do it the way the other guy did. The blade stops again, six inches from his beck, and the executioner sets him free too.

Then it's the engineer's turn. He's smart enough to go with a winning strategy as well. As he lies there watching the blade come crashing down, he gets an "ah-ha" moment. "Wait!," he says. "I think I know what's wrong with it !!! The cable's binding right here—."

It's a shame to be smart and dead.

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