I was making unwholesome commentary with my coho the other day by bastardising a concept which sounds desirable on the surface — Nature is fair. Everyone is different. And what some are lacking, they make up for in other areas.
People are born (and somewhat predestined) with different talent sets or Factor Endowments, such as intelligence, face, body, strength — if you want to look at the micro-level, it’s about different body parts, the brain, skin, arms etc. (i.e. nice face might be compensated by shoulders or whatever) If you want to look at the bigger picture, things like family background, luck, general likeablity, health and maybe even musical ability come into consideration. It depends on how you define your scope. If you really want to push it, maybe even include Virtue and moral righteousness. Though I think that Anything character-related is double-edged by its by-products, if not subjective and inconsistent.
It’s like the Dice Roll for determining your RPG character’s HP, MP, ATK, DEF, SPD and luck at the start of the game — with limited units to ration among various skill sets. It’s like drawing up a budget and where government spending should be directed.
It is because of concepts like these that The Bimbo and The Dumbjock were born. My opinion? That’s not due to a trade-off like Guns or Butter. That’s merely an evolutionary Consolation Prize.
With what/who is on my mind while writing this post — this really might as well be a (mean and unwholesome) tribute to a specific person. The very reason the topic arose! And it is apart from the brain.
(Of course this might just be a Ploy to make you point out a person, one good endowment and one poor endowment — all for my amusement)