You're right, of course: my comment was just a quip. That said, if I was to make a very broad generalisation, I'd say the most content people I know are the ones who keep their thinking to a bare minimum, usually confined to their jobs. For example, take my local chippy Paul who's just built and fitted a new kitchen for us. He's a delightful chap (and excellent carpenter) who, at 51, admits he's never read a book in his life. He likes listening to Radio 2 (as do I) - except the Jeremy Vine show as he's not interested in Brexit and the other political issues of the day. But he's by no means stupid and his IQ is probably higher than mine (as is most peoples) - but he's definitely not one of life's big thinkers. As with many others like him that I know, he appears all the more happier for it. IMO, thinking is overrated. I do a lot of it and I can't say it's really got me anywhere or made me any happier.
Yeah, I've noticed the same myself. Ignorance really is bliss.
We can't worry about how perilously close we are to running out of effective antibiotics if we are oblivious to it
Then again... a lot of my frustration is not due to how much I think and what I know.
It's because of other people who swan around not thinking or acting on these things.
Take having children for example.
I hate waiting in queues, I hate getting stuck in traffic, I hate having long waiting lists on thing such as hospitals what whatnot. This is a massive annoyance for me, and it could easily be reduced by changing our view on having kids.
I've actually stopped congratulating people who say they are about to have a kid. Apart from it adding to my frustrations, there is nothing special about it!
Trillions of people have done it before us... animals do it... it can even happen accidentally. In fact, if people were honest, a very large proportion of pregnancies were accidental.
Back on point a bit.
Isn't there a very strong correlation between mental illness (namely, depression) and academics?
Particularly those closer to PhD level