smarts are something that are invaluable to know, but that you won't
know if you haven't grown up in areas that expose you to dangerous or
dicey situations. You won't learn street smarts in the halls of a
private high school or the sidewalks of an affluent middle class
suburb. Instead, you learn them in the run-down, poor, impoverished
areas where people keep an eye out for anyone who doesn't belong, just
like you do in your
neighborhood - only, instead of steering clear of people who don't fit
the norm, like you may well, they come over to take a sniff or maybe a
Each of us has a different level of "protect" and "get" interests in
other people. For example, if you see a big, scary-looking man, you
probably feel nothing but "protect" instincts - there's nothing you can
get from him, but he is a
to you... so you protect yourself, and stay away. If you're a single
guy walking down the street and you see a beautiful woman, your "get"
instincts kick in hard - you probably go want to meet her. Likely, you
have some "protect" filter still up - if she looks completely cold or
uninterested, you won't approach, because you probably won't get much
from her, and you might not be able to protect yourself from rejection
and losing face socially.
In less safe places, the people you
meet have lower "protect" mechanisms toward you (you're less of a
threat than the people they usually encounter) and higher "get"
mechanisms (you're an easier mark than the people they usually see)...
which means you're a lot more likely to get approached by someone you
don't want to meet, for something you don't want to have happen.
Street smarts are really about raising people's "protect" shields
and lowering their "get" meters around you, the same as that cold,
aloof beauty walking down the street does with men who might otherwise
be inclined to approach her - if only she seemed a bit more inviting.