I went for an interview on Friday and wrote an aptitude test. After marking the script, one of the interviewers beamed and told me I have a high IQ. I had never written an IQ test so I was hearing this for the first time.
On my way home, I kept mulling over the words. What did it mean to have a high IQ? How high was mine, anyway? What did it matter? There were less intelligent people I knew who attain worldly success better than the more intelligent; less intelligent people who were happier and had more fulfilled lives. Nerds make mistakes, plenty of them. For everything we know, we are unaware of much more.
What advantages did it confer on me? I really did not know. So much for having a high IQ.
There is a strong tendency to work less hard because one thinks he has an edge over others. I observed this a lot in medical school. This erroneous belief led to the downfall of many an intelligent student. The industrious ones came from behind and stole their spotlight. Remember the story of The Hare and The Tortoise? Some spend an unusual amount of time to keep up with the appearance of being well-informed and snub those who they perceive to be dullards.
Having a high IQ may be good and confer favours upon one, like having wealthy parents or possessing good looks; but it is not everything. It is merely a foundation to build upon to create a strong personality and a fulfilling future. It does not exonerate us from being kind, humble, courteous, religious/spiritual, friendly, decent or industrious; instead, these qualities should be expected more from us by virtue of our supposed knowledge. Indeed, not every talent can be measured via the IQ test but that doesn’t preclude the existence of the talent.
Every thing we have can also be used against us, as well as for us. We will be called to account for how we used the gifts Allah had blessed us with, not because we deserve them but because, He wants to see how we use them. Will you want to be found wanting?