William Barron Hilton
IMO - The smartest thing for any human to do is to pass along one's genes to a generation which has the ability to better the lives of their children.
Whether qualified by wealth, education, social status or skills (Really, none are demonstrative if intelligence - they are all only tools used to sustain one's existence.) - intelligence can best be measured by the productivity of the children of the one being measured.
People like William Barron Hilton spend so much time at work - they fail to form a non-financial bond between themselves and their children.
Children from this type of setting often act out in non-productive ways - leading to the lowering of one's chances to reproduce.
The money first value system eventually leads to inbreeding between a relative few families - which further limits the viability of their gene pool.
The deadbeat dad - on the other hand - practices a more hit-and-miss approach to maintaining his gene pool.
Since his chances of survival are diminished by the society in which he lives - having more offspring increases his chances of producing at least one viable offspring.
While it may seem dumb to many - he is actually increasing his family's chances of furthering his bloodline.
But neither model is the best case scenario.
Any family who puts the well being of their bloodline first (before money, fame or status) has the best chance of keeping their family's bloodline intact.
This is something I often notice in Latino families.
When I hire a brick layer sub-contractor - I often see a son by his side learning a skill that will help feed his family.
When I see immigrants packed into a small home - I see a family that is maximizing the profits of their labors to their full potential.
When I see people who move from their home for a better opportunity (and who actually show up on time and do the work) - I see a people who are working to better their lives for themselves.
This is what is often missing in ghetto Black families.
Where is the father who should be teaching his sons?
Where is the mother who should be teaching their daughters?
What I often see are people who've been spoiled by the rewards of success (through entitlements) - without having done the work to earn success.
IMO - The smartest people alive are those who prepare their children to prosper in life after the parents are gone, and who will teach their children do the same.