Are werewolves smart?
Everyone always talks about how smart vampires are but noone ever has anything to say about the intelligence of werewolves. Why is this?
The issue of intelligence is always brought up in relation to vampires because vampires are perceived as having far more knowledge than werewolves. This is due in main part because of their extended life span. And it is true that vampires have longer lives. Because of this, vampires have more access to knowledge – and with an extended period of time, and extensive access to knowledge, vampires learn things, and so appear as “intelligent”. Werewolves on the other hand, are unduly overlooked and unjustly not associated with the word.
Werewolves are however extremely intelligent creatures with more motivations for learning than vampires.
Werewolves have a shorter life span than vampires, so on the surface it would appear that they may not have as much access to knowledge. This however is not a weakness, but rather a strength, and one thing that adds to the werewolf’s vast breadth of knowledge. What happens is that since werewolves have shorter lives, they are more motivated to learn as much as possible. And they seek out knowledge and learning. Vampires – because they have extremely long lives, become tired of the acquisition of knowledge. Why would they have to learn any particular thing when they have centuries to do so? They don’t! So many of them learn things at a slower pace – just because they have time. Werewolves, motivated by a non-immortal existence, learn as much as possible whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Another thing that makes werewolves so incredibly intelligent is that they learn more due to the struggles that they face on a daily basis. Werewolves are forced to learn about themselves, their surroundings, and human motivations and actions because they are forced to survive in a human world. Vampires on the other hand, can live on the fringes, not having to assimilate, and thus not having to learn if they don’t want to.
Another plus for werewolves is that they travel in packs, and because of this share more information with each other, thus expanding their knowledge base.
And finally, werewolves are generally just plain more interested in learning – be it about themselves, about humans or about their own curse – than vampires are about anything. Many vampires are jaded to life and knowledge. Many of them have given up and don’t care about the acquisition of knowledge, believing that they have time on their side to learn such thing.