Peter Clemens tells us gives us his take on the famous Eleanor Roosevelt quote.

Great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about events, and small minds talk about people – Eleanor Roosevelt

The point of this article is simple: don’t be one of these people who are obsessed with the lives of celebrities, neighbors, work colleagues and ex-high school classmates. If you are going to think about someone’s life, what better life to think about then your own? None of us are perfect, so why obsess over other’s imperfections? And if you truly want to have a great mind, spend time thinking and talking about interesting ideas.

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Interesting thoughts, but I can’t say I fully agree.

While I do believe in the value of talking about ideas, and believe we should all do it, I don’t think that talking or thinking about someone else’s life is bad. Maybe not the lives of celebrities, but the lives of those around us should have value to us.

Personally, I believe in the value of people and community. And while there is a value in ideas, I believe that people are more important. We aren’t made to be selfish or to live just by ourselves. None of us are perfect, and that’s precisely why we should help each other and try to spur each other on, closer to perfection and our goals.