“Never forget that intelligence rules the world and ignorance carries the burden. Therefore, remove yourself as far as possible from ignorance and seek as far as possible to be intelligent.”  By Marcus Garvey

I’m a little conflicted about this one, and it has to do with my sometimes unrealistic definition of being intelligent. Part of me has always sought to learn everyday and to get to know at least a little about everything I encounter. That part of me has also felt tortured when I don’t know or understand stuff. There’s a balance needed to be able to move forward. We simply cannot know everything. I think I’d prefer to believe I can and will act without ignorance as much as possible. I also tend to preface certain statements I make with a request to forgive my ignorance, and a request to be corrected. 

The more I do this, the easier it gets for me to see that there is actually no right or wrong answer to anything. Everything is perspective based on personal experience. When I look at situations in this light, I build understanding. Perhaps, intelligence is only an ever-evolving pursuit of understanding.

What do you understand from this quote?


4 thoughts on “Saturday’s Surprises #11: How Are You Smart?

  1. This is a correct quote in most situation. But ot depends on what you call intelligence. Sometimes intelligence can lead to crimes; therefore is it intelligence? On the other hand, if ignorance wears the burden and go on with it, who would be the responsible? The ignorant? But they are ignorant and can’t be held as responsible.

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    1. In this case, I think you may be associating intelligence with morality. The key would be to make a clear definition of intelligence first. If we accept it to be purely based on knowledge, then we remove all morality from it, but it also leaves out how one applies intelligence. So, if we define it as the volume and correct application of knowledge, then we can, without moral judgement, state a person has a specific intelligence for a specific subject.
      In your questions, you raise what might better be termed “socially responsible intelligence”; where the assessment of an intelligence is further judged by the impact it has on society.
      If one were to mix in religious beliefs, such value judgement become even more foggy. For example, if one believes that “everything happens for a reason” or “God works in mysterious ways and always has a lesson for us…”, then even criminal intelligence has a Devine purpose, even if we don’t see it clearly, at first, or at all.
      So, intelligence needs to be considered, not as an end in itself, but part of our personal growth process. Thus the question isn’t “Are you intelligent? Or “How intelligent are you?” But it must be “How are you intelligent?”
      We need to seek the why, over the what.


      1. Oh yes you develop very well what I said. And for more precision, religious morality can be an obstacle to a wider rational and universal morality which relies on respect and ethics. Most importantly, intelligence needs to be clearly defined and have an impact on society. Otherwise it is useless. The world is full of intelligent people but needs more ethically intelligent people. Thank you for your time to answer me ❤

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