The opening statement doesn't bear a moment's examination, rendering the rest moot.
Even leaving the issue of intelligence aside, it is questionable whether anyone can "choose" happiness and, if they could, whether it would be an intelligent thing to try to "choose. I should have thought most thoughtful people would try to seek (I don't say "choose" as it may not be a matter of choice for them) fulfilment rather than "happiness".
Intelligence is simply the capacity for more accurate intuition than a less intelligent fellow. By that logic knowledge and wisdom aren't the same as intelligence, so if we're happier ignoring the facts it doesn't make us unintelligent, just uneducated.
You can be fulfilled simply by attaining joy, if that's your subjective criteria. I believe that criteria is called utilitarianism, the idea that, to maximize everyone's quality of life, one must start by maximizing one's own quality of life.
Now why would that last part be relevant to a reiteration of the ole' ignorance is bliss trope? Perhaps because the author of that reiteration is not only an extrapian, but also a utilitarianist? Good God he's messed up.
PS, why do I feel like two people with an idealogically opposing disposition to mine are following me around in some forum?
I'm a think-tank, so you're telling me what interests you specifically by your expressed opposition to my way of thinking. Or as a very wise and noble man named Ben Stiller once said "the dudes are emerging". And they're apparently two highly opinionated atheists, this isn't utilitarianism, perhaps Platonism. And I say that with all the indifference in the world. Because as the late Marlon Brando once said, "it is judgment that defeats us".
The difference in personality emerging from our core philisophies is, I postulate, as simple as that you wakeup with a goal and I don't. Maybe I'm a hyper realist pondering the notion of futility at its deepest darkest depths. Perhaps I'm too well-adjusted to fit the conventional criteria for being well-adjusted. You neurotypicals and your goals, do I really look like a guy with a plan?
And I quote the dark knight because it highlights that goals just equate to predictability and therefore a level of credulity that can be exploited by someone with an atypical thought process given the right setting, which is characteristic of great scientists, but they didn't ignore the science just because they were wrong a lot, that is why they were great scientists. At the end of the day, whether you're the joker or the batman, relentlessness will prevail.
Edited by Super Polymath, 09 January 2017 - 02:44 AM.