I will define the terms from my point of view, explain my definitions, and then elaborate on my opinion that people, at least in the United States,
and most likely the rest of the world, are less intelligent than we were twenty years ago and beyond.
I define intelligence as the ability to acquire information, to discern the value of information, to measure multiple deductions in order from most to
least likely, and finally to apply procedures mentally and physically to prove the value of information, the value of a deduction, and the value of
worth or consideration.
I define stupidity as the condition in which an individual or group chooses to forgo intelligence in favor of championing behavior, cause, and bias
which can be proven with intelligence to be driven by potentially the least valuable information, deduction, consideration, and/or ultimately
I define common sense as the set of traditional knowledge which transcends culture and whose bounds are survival, regard for the physical, mental,
emotional, and spiritual well-being of any or all individuals, mental and physical coordination, the ability to understand the difference between
agency and compulsion, and the ability to recognize true authority versus imposed authority.
We have acquired more knowledge, yes. I do not believe we have acquired more useful knowledge, at all. However, that depends on whether someone
considers a set of knowledge to be valuable for improving someone's life experience. Someone may really need to know how Kanye West thinks. As for
me, knowing would not improve my life because I have no reason for that information.
That being said, I fully believe people are choosing stupidity over intelligence, far and wide - and therefore it would be disingenuous for me to be
shocked that some people choose not to see what I see.
But it is indeed quite visible to anyone who is willing to sit and truly consider without bias of any kind.
People have the capacity for intelligence... Everyone does.
People, however, somehow do not possess equal capacity for the ability to even care to truly weigh one's own bias versus attainable knowledge.
It is my opinion that humans all-together are less graceful and more foolish. The reason is because people have chosen a hard heart and puppet
strings above love and freedom.
That's because people are indeed smart enough to realize that love and freedom require the most sacrifice.
Those who are truly the brightest(and there are those who are not celebrated because they would rather not be treated so) become that way because the
love of people, the love of freedom, and ultimately the love of freedom drives these individuals to succeed so that nothing is beyond their grasp.
They're not Jack-of-All merely, but master of all that they've concluded is within their moral and possibly fated necessity.
Specialization is for the employee. When clocked out, this should not be the case.
Some say that laziness drives ingenuity. That's absolutely false. Laziness drives thinkers insane. Thinkers look lazy or idle, but they're working
harder than coal miners with emphysema on their craft.
The results are revealed as proof quickly or hundreds or even thousands of years down the road. There is no glory for the truly bright in a world of
The level of blindness chosen by people in this age is historically notable.
Someone says to their self, "I am a rich engineer. I am intelligent." Behold the eventual fading away of that one. Someone else says, "I'm not good
at much. I just do what I know.". That's a politician or a fool by choice. Behold the fading away after much suffering of that one.
The world has access to the same knowledge set, and yet nobody is sure of anything anymore. Some have said that the one who thinks they're sure is
wrong. Agreed. That one should know they are sure to be found right. It's interesting how many people guess and then defend that guess until their
heart is about to stop beating.
The ass is the most stubborn animal. But a lion rarely fails to compare himself to his prey. Be considerate, but when consideration has manifested
into knowledge, be sure. Do not consider perpetually, for even a little consideration goes a long way.
People do not do these things anymore. These were cultural habits in even the pagan societies two thousand years ago. These cultural habits tend to
resurface every hundred years or so, only to fade out after a hundred more. It has seemed to me so far that true improvement in society occurs during
these times when society becomes more open to the truth and therefore less arrogant and childish. One generation is wise, the next is foolish, and
the cycle continues without a pattern much more specific than that.
I believe the next human generation of people have the potential to be the most open to the bright ones, who are not enlightened in evil, but seek
truth and find it.
The spirit of the generation of the last 20 years has been almost as foolish as it can be. The last 20 years have seen a rise in arrogance, lies,
manipulations, immorality, and childishness which rivals the most spoiled of the generations of history.
I've seen some sparks here and there, found within the new generation. Some seem to be less biased, more geared towards peaceful debate, more geared
towards ignoring advertising and discovering good music, more geared towards the truth, justice, and also forgiveness.
They are under 10 years old, but I see it. That generation does not like our generation. The only upside to our arrogance is that our children hate
having to live under it, which opens their eyes to seek truth, seek good.
We'll see if they hold up. If they do, then you will see manual technology, technology that improves our lives and the lives of others, instead of
technology which acts as a slave on our behalf - and yet tech will still be subservient; well, even more so consideration today, most of us are slaves
to technology. Computers are very good, but they're also very wrong about the world. All of their calculations are based in an abstract world. Only
when we harness their abilities for ourselves and use our enhanced intelligence and intuition to observe will we be using technology the right way.
Some idiot will attempt to put that stuff in our bodies. The bright ones will find a way for it to serve us and for us to access it without it
governing us. And then the wave of the wisdom of society must be in the positive at the time that occurs.
As things stand now, I'm appalled at the level of unintelligence in the world. But I don't let them know that. I still enjoy their company and
respect that people are so lost that we've forgotten that we choose to be blind to so much, and do not choose for some more...
But human, warmish, friendly as can be expected. Worthy of gratitude. I am torn on the topic of people always.
I might sum up everything I said simply.
The common sense of people has radically diminished to the point that if it were possible, common sense would depart; then so would the human spirit
Common sense is absolutely key to developing true intelligence - not the backwards idea of intelligence we have today.
Common sense can absolutely be taught because that is what parents primarily teach their children. By instruction, by allowance, common sense is.
edit on 1/5/2017 by TarzanBeta because: Finished.