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Would you rather be a worried genius, or a joyful simpleton?

lt winslowI want to be a simpleton because its easier. Genius is too much pressure.

Winslow Burk
Santa Cruz | Joyful Simpleton









lt debI would choose the genius because I love knowledge and I wouldn’t want to live my life without it.

Deb Wirkman
Santa Cruz | Former Chemist









lt carolI’d rather be a joyful simpleton, because geniuses lack common sense sometimes. I notice smart people just make really poor decisions sometimes. And I’d rather be who I am and make good decisions.

Carol Bernie
Santa Cruz | I Don’t Work








lt beatriceI’d like to be a mixture of the two. I think I’d like to have a certain simplicity of life where I can appreciate small and beautiful things that sort of fill the complications of life or intersect it. And then, of course, I am tempted by talent and whatever makes us rise above mediocrity.

Beatrice Basso
Davenport | Actor/Producer








lt christopherI am a joyful simpleton, I live the life. I call myself the regal peasant.

Christopher Green
Santa Cruz | Organizer/Artist/Laborer

Contributor at Good Times |

Matthew is a California native and has lived in Santa Cruz for 34 years. A sculptor, photographer, avid biker and professional disc golfer, he has played tournaments in more than ten states and is the winner of the 2002 New Zealand Championships. 

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