Beauty Or Brains? Which Would You Really Choose?



When asked this question, most will claim to want brains over looks, but if that's the case, why are there so many people famous for just looking good (think Kim Kardashian), while those behind the scenes inventing the next technological or scientific wonders of the world are hardly known by name in pop culture? Why are we so obsessed with beautiful celebrities, but not scholars?

Are we just kidding ourselves when we say we'd prefer to be smart? How about what we look for when choosing a mate? While many do look past pure physical traits when choosing a life partner (if they didn't, half the population wouldn't even exist!), the first question one will always ask in this instance is "how does he/she look?". Only after that concern is all other pertinent info sought.

Without a doubt, beauty has its advantages. Prettier people always seem to be more easily accepted and admired (at first), and in many cases, can trade on their looks to get themselves to a better position in life. But if you're not one of them, well, you might have to work just a bit harder. Not fair, but in many cases true.

One could argue that with intellect, one could figure out how to be successful enough and thereby make enough money to either buy better looks (to a degree), or just cancel out the need to look good altogether by excelling in their field (look at all the unattractive, highly successful folks with stunningly gorgeous mates), but if you were called upon to choose one and only one of these attributes, which would it really be?

Now, don't all of you go saying "brains!!". Some of you KNOW you'll be lying! ;)
We all want to appear to be of such high moral fiber that we will exclaim in a second that 'looks don't matter' to us, but if that were true, the plastic surgery industry wouldn't be generating the staggering amount of money that it does.

What's your true opinion?

24 comments:

minar on December 15, 2009 at 10:10 PM said...

Brains, of course! you can buy beauty.

Private Email on December 15, 2009 at 10:14 PM said...

I am agree with you...and I think people who used to say looks doesn't matter are layers...We consider any one from his first appearance...Though later after knowing someone looks can be not that important...I like your article...Thanks

Places4holidays on December 15, 2009 at 10:56 PM said...

I prefer to be in smart category but I'll prefer to choose pretty woman rather than their scholar.. honestly.

livinglite on December 16, 2009 at 2:37 AM said...

Honesty I does not read whole article if there is objective answer I am agree with the point where when choosing a life partner the first question one will always ask in this instance is "how does he/she look?". So first question on look.

Grampy on December 17, 2009 at 7:03 AM said...

Looks is actually usually what attracts you to someone.But after an evening out things can change drastically.Now I have dated some that were not especially attractive.But when we went out we had the greatest time.You do not have to be a scholar or a beauty.All you need is to be a good person.

jakill on December 17, 2009 at 11:38 AM said...

I'm afraid looks are what attract me. But I find that quite often the people I do like the look of are interesting and good to talk to as well. I think many people who do have brains, are intelligent enough to try to make the best of their looks, even if they are not blessed with natural beauty.

Robinsgothealth.com on December 18, 2009 at 7:44 AM said...

Beauty only goes so far, I have meant people that were absolutely gorgeous to look at, but after speaking with them for about 10 minutes...lost all that beauty and more! Beauty is a whole package deal, without a personality to go with it...you have very little!

John@Family, Fitness and Finances on December 19, 2009 at 5:33 AM said...

That is indeed a tough question. I am attracted initially by looks for sure. BUT, if in the course of conversation I discover that they have been swimming in the shallow end of the dim-witted gene pool, I am immediately turned off. :) However, it doesn't matter to me, cause my wife has it ALL. Brains and Beauty! :)

Weight Training for Women on December 19, 2009 at 7:05 AM said...

BOTH!!!

You can have both. Diet and exercise for your beauty and work hard on learning new things for your smarts.

And the best thing about it all is exercising the right way has been proven to make you smarter.

Chemist on December 21, 2009 at 1:08 AM said...

Ofcourse beauty has its advantages, as its more helpful while getting sales or while meeting first impression beauty is praised more.
And yea if u r not beautiful or attractive then u need to work more harder
I would adjust somewhere in looks but will look for some beauty with brains ;)
Liked your post, good topic.

juliet on December 22, 2009 at 5:58 PM said...

I would choose BRAINS of course. Since I have brains, I will make formulas that would make me beautiful! ;)

Physical beauty fades with time. I would always go with inner beauty because the inner you remains and even become more beautiful with each passing time.

Liz on December 24, 2009 at 5:30 AM said...

That's a tough question. Well, I am smarter than I look. LOL. Well, to be honest I have BIG WORKING brains but no big boobs. Haha. Am I beautiful or not? My SMILE makes me beautiful, not my make up, I have a cute face. I am happy that I am not dumb nor ugly. :P

weight loss hypnosis on December 24, 2009 at 8:16 PM said...

Indeed tough question that you asked in this post I would like to say both of important but I agree with you that when some one choosing a mate first he ask how she looks so that is so important.

nutritionals11 on December 25, 2009 at 12:20 AM said...

This one is the blog which I like most,I would like to thanks that master brain who make all this for the readers like me.keep up writing good job.

medical-online-course on December 25, 2009 at 11:25 AM said...

not lying..it just a normally attitude, that sex appeals like beauty face or physical beauty are more make us to be interested...maybe for first impression and short. for longer impression, i think brain is still drives.

fedhz on December 26, 2009 at 9:32 AM said...

although I envy so much pretty girls, I will still say brains. like what the first commenters said, you can buy beauty, brains not. and it's not being able to finish school. it's about commonsense and being smart without the need to go over studies just to get a diploma.

The Fitness Diva on December 26, 2009 at 10:02 AM said...

I so agree, fedhz...

Brains are not just about getting diplomas and degrees. It comes from learning as much as you can about life and people.

Personal Trainer London on December 29, 2009 at 12:49 AM said...

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Setyorini on December 30, 2009 at 10:03 AM said...

beauty of course, with the beauty we can get what we want.just my opinion

Scott Stacey on December 30, 2009 at 12:50 PM said...

I can say with all honesty that, despite the fact of being into health, fitness, and maintaining my appearance, I prefer intellect to beauty any day. Had you asked me the question even 5 years ago the answer may have been different :). I guess that means I'm officially a mature adult now, huh.

James Ismanuel Rittz on January 6, 2010 at 6:15 AM said...

Can we choose both. Miss Universe are smart and at the same time pretty too.

Bodybuilding Training on February 9, 2010 at 7:49 AM said...

Brains all the way!

Home Gym on May 25, 2010 at 11:21 PM said...

Ofcourse Brain!!!!!
As we heard that "All that glitters is not Gold" this is totally true in this case. There are many peoples who look very attractive and smart but we can't say them that they are intelligent. We can know their intelligency after getting them into a conversation with them. Brain is important than beauty.

Personal Trainers on May 30, 2010 at 8:57 PM said...

I think both are equally important. We can just see this in Miss World or Miss Universe contest. The contestant have both the quality that is intelligent mind with beauty.

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