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originally posted by: searcherfortruth
Intelligence is not lack of ignorance, being ignorant is not a lack of intelligence. I do think that arrogance plays a bigger role than the article or OP present to the picture, but I did not focus on it initially. Now, I think the inability to see another point of view is based on a lack of humility, too.
We are sometimes incapable of seeing through the rhetoric when it comes to polarizing issues what ever they may be.
Humility, arrogance, intelligence, ignorance....all go hand in hand. Being an intellectual does not provide for an escape without having humility, thereby creating arrogance and leads to ignorance.
originally posted by: gentledissident
a reply to: MystikMushroom
Nice point. Now, I'm off to play with my Star Wars toys. Don't call them dolls!
EDIT: I see Star Wars as anti-propaganda propaganda. One reviewer of the prequels said the story is unoriginal. He stated that it was copied from history books. I hope he was being sarcastic.
In narratology and comparative mythology, the monomyth, or the hero's journey is the common template of a broad category of tales that involve a hero going on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
originally posted by: angeldoll
Our written language is going to hell also. I read somewhere that in another couple of decades we wouldn't recognize our written languages, as they are becoming more and more abbreviated into something like "text talk'. And think of it even going to pictures to express yourself. I mean, think emoticons! Sad, really.
As long as the people of the day understand what is being written how is that exactly sad? The Egyptians used pictures to express things. They seemed to get by fine for thousands of years. Though I likely think your prediction is an exaggeration. As much as text speak is taking over, traditional typing and grammar are still king.
Just curious for someone complaining about the death of our written language, what are different uses for their, there, and they're?
originally posted by: ketsuko
It isn't about the media being used; it's about the complexity of the language. Hieroglyphics used the pictograms to symbolize sounds the same way we use each character if I'm remembering correctly.
But to give you an example of how language use and intelligence has declined, look at the metaphysical poets. Most modern poets are free-verse poets. They tend to eschew metering and poetic forms in their work choosing instead to work mainly with language itself, shades of meaning and the like. The metaphysical poets adhered to not only meter, but also form in their poetry AND the true masters also packed their poems full of literary allusion, on top of the standard language work. In order to get the most out of a metaphysical poet, you have to be extremely literate and well-read.
There are layers on top of layers in there. It makes modern free verse seem a bit sparse at times.
originally posted by: NthOther
Is love an intellectual concept?
Is fellowship an intellectual concept?
Is compassion an intellectual concept?
Those are the things we are lacking. I don't see how intellectualism will help us develop any of those things in the slightest.
There's an obvious subtext here, given the language being used. "Anti-intellectualism".
Can you see it?