“Mens sana in corpore sano” the Latins used to say, but somehow the notion that a healthy body and an equally healthy mind could actually belong to the same person got lost along the way. For the better part of the 20th Century, it was believed that beautiful people did not possess intellectual properties to match the quality of their looks, and this went especially for girls with blonde hair and guys with muscles. It was either physics or brains.
Today you can get a good college education if you are a good athlete, which seems to imply the assumption that a well-functioning body can come with a brain of the same quality. It is true that people who are both above-average good-looking and above-average smart are still harder to find than people who excel in just one of these disciplines, but they do exist you just have to listen to what supermodels have to say, and at least you don’t have to apologize for having both anymore. Continue reading