What do we think of our own intelligence? How much do we understand our own intelligence? Do we even know what to do with our intelligence? Or the lack of it…
Information is power. It’s what intelligence is made of. So yes, we can say that intelligence is power. Everyone knows that. What most people don’t know and fail to recognize, or at least respect, is that by itself, intelligence has power. It can make us or break us. It can take over our lives. It can give us what we want. It can give us nothing at all. We can never be without intelligence… but that’s not all there is to it.
If you have intelligence, can you really say that you are in control? Or let’s say you don’t have it, regardless of your own denial, can you still be in control? Is your intelligence important? To begin with, are you important?
There are people who may think that they have enough intelligence to be important enough to write their own memoir much so to think it would matter to the world. They can be so blinded by their own intelligence that they forget what their real roles are. They forget about their real importance. They forget to be real.
There are people who may think that they can be in control without intelligence. They are smart. They are strong. They are control freaks. They get what they want — no more, no less.
There are people who may think they know what they want and that they can be in control. They believe that they know a lot about the world and about themselves. They ask the intelligent questions. They seem intelligent. In fact, they can be so absorbed into their own intelligence that they forget to be what they should really be: smart. People can be intelligent but fail to be smart. In the real world — and you don’t have to take my word for it — smart people are happier than the intelligent ones.
There are people who may think they can play around with intelligence and get away with it. They lie, lie and lie some more. Manipulation can be very motivating. It can be rewarding. Unfortunately for them, though, intelligence is not a game. It is what it is. You get what you give. You lose what you keep.
There are people who may think that they can interpret information as something so important that it engulfs them — letting that "raw intelligence" take over their lives. They may devote so much energy into getting something bigger out of their own understanding. Ironically, the right is never far from wrong. Simply put, intelligence, when taken wrongly, is plain wrong. Nothing comes right out of that.
There are people who may think that they can do away with intelligence and let their hearts guide them. The heart has no sockets for eyes. It is blind. What good does it do to be guided by something blind? The heart without the brain is as extreme as overdosing on medication. It’s like suicide. The heart watches over the brain as the brain watches over the heart. They compliment each other. Balance is everything: earth and sky; up and down; Yin and Yang. Intelligence without a heart is evil and a heart without intelligence is stupid.
What do we learn? Go see Burn After Reading…