Intelligence vs. Simple Mindedness?
Just an idea I’ve been pondering lately:
or they just find simpler things to worry about. You have to go down to such a level where worry and future and ownership and such concepts disappear. Where that level is I dont know, but a dog seems happy to me.
But then again, maybe higher level equals higher potential for happines (enlightnment and such).
Better Socrates dissatisfied, than a pig satisfied..
You don’t have to be dumb to be simple minded, you can be very intelligent and very simple minded.
Ignorance isn’t bliss, only a false bliss that is nothing like the real thing and always has lots of negative consequences.
Think of it like this: Would you rather know nothing or know everything?
I’d have to agree with Manimal here. But there’s no better and worse. Everyone has different qualities. I suck at math for example, but I kick ass at improvising.
Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.
@Danny That might be my new favorite quote.
@Mike I just read Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. I highly recomend it. Here’s a link: http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/allegory.html
You can either be trapped in the cave ignorant and perhaps happy, or you can gain true knowlege while having to “take their turn at the toils of State, when they are allowed to spend the greater part of their time with one another in the heavenly light”.
I think I just made an analogy out of an analogy.
Oooooh Danny, that’s awesome… And Casey, brilliant read heh, thank you
A very interesting question, which I have thought about many times.
Another perspective on it, if you were able to use your intelligence to decipher the truer meaning of life, or the “ultimate truth”, or whatever you want to call it; and then had the opportunity to deliver this pure truth to people, to teach them as children, would it make a difference if a person was more or less intelligent? If the person is being exposed only to pure truth, is there any benefit to greater intelligence? Perhaps not.
I think, in the end, the question becomes too hypothetical. We don’t live in a world like that, we live in a world in which you must overcome your circumstance in order to leave an impact on people’s lives, and intelligence is a crucial tool in doing so. In a perfect world, helping others wouldn’t be so necessary or difficult, but in this world, intelligence is useful as a tool to create positive change in the world.
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