But seriously, intelligence on a personal level only goes so far in life. A lot of intelligent people seem to forget wisdom. Maybe it's too
tempting for people to use their intelligence to outsmart people rather than help them. I would rather be wise than smart personally. I don't know
if that makes sense, I've been up 20 hours trying to adjust for jet lag.
Yes, I agree, wisdom is more important than intelligence. However, is wisdom, not applied knowledge to everyday life? When we say some people are
"street-wise" we mean that they can function effectively in the everyday environment and converse with a cross-section of society. They maybe
high-school drop outs, however if they can be succesful in their everyday life, they are surey more wiser than the the mathematics whiz kid, with no
friends and no security.
I think there could be a general
correlation between high intelligence and social skills, as in, they are inverserly related. However,
intelligence itself is a multidimensional capability. It is comprised of many skills, such as creativity, verbal, mathematical, visual-spatial,
As a society we have a bias towards certain aspects of intelligence, in the following order: mathematical, social and verbal. It is enough to signify
intelligence if a person is good at maths, at socializing or can speak good and lucid English. However, is this really intelligence or rather a
social prejudice of intelligence?
All these skills can be learned and in short time. Yet, certain skills can't be taught and are individual and intuitive to the person. You can't
teach someone mathematical, leadership or poetic genius. You can't make Einsteins, Mozarts and Hawkings. If this was not true, then they would not be
What sets them apart from others in society, is that they have their own voice, they do not conform. Most of them are reclusive, eccentric, weird,
almost aliens to the rest of us, and this quality seems to be synoymous with intelligence. I think this is what true intelligence is, it's the
ability to think independently, to break away from the world, and go inwards into yourself.
Those who learn their skills of intelligence, are not actually being independent or breaking away from societies rituals, in fact they are doing it
of society. Because they want to be famous, wealthy or just superior in some way to feel special. We all want to be accepted. Yet, in
the case of true geniuses, there is a genuine detachment from society. They direct their sheer mind power on whatever problem they want to solve like
a laser, with such flaming passion and stubborness, that they will literally lock themselves up in a room with themselves and their problem for years
on end. As Einstein did.
This is somewhat similar to the Rishis of Ancient India, that would go under trees in the wilderness and medidate on a power
for years on end,
and eventually get it. Is this secret of the eastern masters, the key to genius? Is that what Einstein did? He meditated?
It has been shown in scientific studies that meditation does increase your intelligence and can physiologically and biologically enhance ones body. It
is interesting that most of us consider the yogi, rishis, llams, as the true masters of wisdom. Yet, the vast majority of us cannot commit ourselves
to meditation, because we have a social life
to lead, and this is the same desire that great minds like Einstein overcame. Therefore, there
must be a connection between meditation and genius.
Yet, who has the will power, determination and concentration to focus on one objective for years? Surely, this is skill in itself, that is very rare.
I recall a story of Arjuna in the Mahabharata: While in his archery school, he and his class were assigned a task. They were asked to take aim at a
wooden parrot that was attached high in a tree, and then were asked what they could see. Some said they could see only the branches of the tree. Some
said they could see the body of the parrot and the branches of the tree. Some said they could only see the body of the parrot, the branches of the
tree and the sky. Yet, when it Arjuna's turn to take aim, he could only see the eye of the parrot and nothing else. He was the only one to learn the
true lesson behind the task.
Einstein, from a very young age, learnt to ask questions about nature. He grew up asking the same questions. In other words he built up his power of
concentration by constantly thinking about the same questions. This is something we do not do. Yet, if we if we did, perhaps we could also cultivate
genius within ourselves. It's the old adage "use it lose it" We need to start thinking independetly.
[edit on 18-1-2005 by Indigo_Child]