Beauty with brains or Leader with brains

@mayka123 (9549)
India
October 24, 2008 4:01am CST
Whenever there is a beauty contest the contestants are grilled so much and asked a lot of general knowledge questions when it is just a beauty contest. But when selecting a leader for the country nobody sees how intelligent he is or how much he knows about his/her country and the world. That time only the popular leaders are chosen. So what do you think is more important...having a beauty with brains or a leader with brains.....
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• Philippines
26 Oct 08
I still would go for a leader with brains because leaders know how to strategize what to do with his constituents rather than beauty with brains but no leadership skills.
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@bellis716 (4807)
• United States
26 Oct 08
Beauty fades, but brains last much longer, if they are exercised.
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@quinnkl (1668)
• United States
26 Oct 08
Intelligence, honesty and caring.... no matter what the looks are.... is what we need and should all look for in a good leader for our country. Beauty (male or female) means nothing as regard to how a person will handle the business of running a country and the stresses it presents. Hopefully we have all learned that by now!!
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@rusty2rusty (6746)
• Defiance, Ohio
25 Oct 08
I live in the USA, I would much rather have a leader with brains. Than see someone who is a beauty. Beauty doesn't help solve problems the world is facing. Brains do. As for the beauty contest, they all started out just showing off a woman's beauty. but than someone wanted to show woman are more than just beauty. But have brains as well. Thus turning beauty contest in to what they are today.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
25 Oct 08
Yes you do have a thought provoking point here Mayka.....And you have succeeded in pointing out the irony of the situation. Beauty pageants are more competitive in nature and intelligence is one of the many criteria that is measured and compared.Well a totally dumb beauty will not be able to hold on and engage in various activities that is the prerogative of such posts. And a leader is supposed to possess knowledge and ability to lead the nation and to represent his country in other countries,since it is these qualities that make him a leader in the first place.But now a days there is so much of competition for various political posts that money power and influence form the criteria for chosing leaders rather than thier ability and loyalty to their country.Hence we end up with leaders ,not without braina,but using thier brain power for silfish rather than selfless service.....
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@mayka123 (9549)
• India
25 Oct 08
Some time back I was overhearing a group of college students discussing about voting. Most of the students voted for candidates who were good looking. Very few bothered about his knowledge or abilities to lead the state. When we are so strict in beauty contests why is there no criteria while giving tickets for elections.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
28 Oct 08
Well most of us have a weakness for all things beautiful, there is no denying that.....But in the case of the college students,they are young and in a world of their own and tomorrow for them appears far away.So they end up voting for whoever catches their fancy. But elections are won through muscle power and money power...any other criteria do not stand a chance....
• United States
24 Oct 08
i rather have a leader for the usa that has brains over beauty but unfortunately people want their leader to be attractive.. but it is funny/odd that they want to prove and make a point to show that the beauty contest people have brains but when it comes to the president people like to see how good they look and professional/strong.. not to say people dont vote on what they stand for and etc.. but i think we can all say we have see some politicians do well on looks alone before they even open their mouths
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@mayka123 (9549)
• India
6 Nov 08
So are you now satisfied with the new leader you have for your country?
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• United States
6 Nov 08
honestly no.. but i didnt like either of my choices so its nothing personal
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• Philippines
28 Oct 08
A beauty queen and a political leader somewhat have different roles that they portray in life. A beauty queen represents her country and usually is involved in stuff like saving the world by planting trees, visiting third world countries and lends an extending hand. While a political leader, he is also representing his country and stands as the father of the nation. He usually is involved in solving the country's problems and help his countrymen become more productive and well rounded people. Somehow, they are both important.
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@mayka123 (9549)
• India
3 Nov 08
Though I agree that a beauty queen should be intelligent because she represents the country people should give equal importance when selecting political leaders for the country. He should be someone who is able to lead the country in a just mannner.
• United States
26 Oct 08
I would hope most would say a leader with brains over having supposably intelligent beautiful people.
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@mayka123 (9549)
• India
27 Oct 08
Welcome to mylot. A lot of people these days when voting see the beauty of the candidate rather than how intelligent he/she is. We have to judge a leader by their intelligence and not their looks. Thanks for joining this discussion.
@getnbuy (1315)
• United States
25 Oct 08
A very good comparison, I must say. I think this happens with elections because there is no one directing the campains, except for the press person for each candidate. What we need is a "master of Ceremonies" or a planning committee to decide what should be asked of the candidates. The debate chairman comes the closest to this, but there is not enough time for him to get any elaboration on a question. Also, who knows how biased he is? And who knows who makes up the questions? Political campains have developed into a bunch of muckraking trying to discredit the opponant. It would be far better to have each candidate answer questions that are serious to the nation. Then we would have a far better idea of who to vote for. There ought to be some way to make the winner stick by what he promised, too. I have stopped listening to all the media banter just because I can't stand all the emotionality of the whole mess. To answer your question, we need a leader with brains!
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@mayka123 (9549)
• India
1 Nov 08
If the political leaders kept up their promises this world would be very different. But they know that promises are made to be broken and nobody would question them on that, that is the reason they make so many promises. People should me more careful when electing their candidates.
@pravakar (54)
• Bangladesh
25 Oct 08
I am following the US election for the last few months. The two leaders, Obama and McCain, have participated in many talk shows and debates where they are asked questions on different issues. If you don't find these questions similar to the general knowledge questions you heard in the beauty contests is because election is not a beauty contest where contestants says things they know will not be verified later. And added to that, when you talk about the 'brains' of a leader just don't confine it in general knowledge. If you ever got the opportunity you will know that a leader's brain needs lot more than just general knowledge. But I got your point, and I agree that I would prefer a leader with good knowledge of his surroundings and liberal outlook.
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@mayka123 (9549)
• India
1 Nov 08
Many people vote for a candidate who is either smart looking or popular. Not everyone sees how capable they are of running the country. I think this should be given more importance.
@fordham08 (131)
• Philippines
25 Oct 08
I think beauty and brains is more important, with beauty and brains, you can be a good leader. When peopple say physical appearance doesn't matter much, it's wrong. What is inside is more important, but still, I believe in the saying to look good is to feel good. So, to be a leader, you also need physical appearance or even just cleanliness and try to be presentable. You wouldn't choose someone with just brains right now, in this cruel world.
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@mayka123 (9549)
• India
1 Nov 08
Though physical appearance and cleanliness is important is certainly is not the most important factor when choosing your leader. We have also to see how capable he/she is of running the country.
@maean_19 (4662)
• Philippines
24 Oct 08
That is a very interesting question. It is very ironic to imagine actually how people think and judge. Besides, it is very true that people give attention more to a contestant with brain in a beauty pageant than choosing or voting a leader with brain and principle. In a beauty pageant, still, the contestant must have brains and intelligence, not just a mere beauty since if she'll win the crown, she will represent the country and becomes an ambassadress of good will. On the other hand, a leader without brains is a no no. Yet, as you have mentioned, in choosing a leader sometimes or most of the times, people tend to choose or vote the person they commonly or popularly known. Not thinking of what this leader can do to the country or if he could really lead. Finally,if i have to choose one....it is more important to have a Leader with brains because he has a bigger task and he represents not only the people, but the whole country. Hence, the government and economy lie on his intelligence to lead.
@mayka123 (9549)
• India
25 Oct 08
It is good that the beauty pagent has both beauty and brains because she is representing the country. But not much importance is given while choosing our leaders. Many of the young generation now look out for handsome or beautiful leaders. They do not see whether the person is capable of leading the country. I have very often seen wrong leaders being elected and wonder whether they are elected just for their popularity or because they are good looking.
@stella1989 (2277)
• India
24 Oct 08
obviously leader with brains.. But I don't think any body takes care of that in my country.. But I must say I have seen many politicians who have a very impressive Resume!!! I mean.. really!! You are from India mayka.. Just search for our PM's resume.. he is a professor.. And our former president.. Just have a look.
@mayka123 (9549)
• India
25 Oct 08
I have seen the resume of many of our ministers in our country.....some of them cannot even speak properly.
@BYOLA2871 (4376)
• South Africa
31 Oct 08
both beauty with brains and leaders with brains are important for us because both of them are people we look up to so since they could be seen as role models,both have their roles to play
@thefuture (1751)
• Nigeria
25 Oct 08
Hi mayka123! I will choose "Leader with brains", because one may prove himself to be knowledgeable, but he or she doesn't really posses the passion and the desire to make positive impact while on the other hand, one may know possess the knowledge, but he or she is well driven with passion and commitment. Thanks and have a great day.
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• India
24 Oct 08
Having a beautiful leader (Palin??) with brains.
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• Singapore
24 Oct 08
I would say a beauty with brains definitely helps in winning in a contest rather than a leader with brains. Humans are all materialistic creatures and being beautifuly helps for sure in a contest, especially if you have both brains and beauty. It just stands out from the rest, although being beautiful alone is already enough, having both wits and beauty is a plus plus point definitely.
@hitejam89 (523)
• India
24 Oct 08
leader with brain would b better......
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
24 Oct 08
i believe a leader w/brains would be a nice change.
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@yenwie84 (1345)
• Malaysia
24 Oct 08
From my point of view,I want both to be with brains. Beauty without brains are useless. Maybe at this moment,the beauty of a lady can make her survive,but after sometimes when she is getting older,everyone is going to blame her for being such a fool. I think intelligence is important for a beauty too. Leader with brains is a definite thing,I don't think a leader can lead without brain,sooner or later a leader without brain will get kick off by the followers.