Intelligence vs. Simple Mindedness?

3 years, 1 month ago

Just an idea I’ve been pondering lately:
Is being intelligent /better/ than being unintelligent?
Being able to refine your thoughts and seeing bits of knowledge and ideas from different angles, I think intelligence helps this, but is being "dumb", (for lack of a better word), much less of a complicated existence? I know everyone here can be considered intelligent, and being intelligent helps you figure out the ultimate truths in this world, but can you still know the difference between right and wrong if you’re not smart? The two quotes I like to compare are "ignorance is bliss" and "knowledge is power"…
I used to look around at people who I can just tell aren’t very smart and think "god, wonder what runs through their mind?" but can the fact that they don’t have many backed-up thoughts mean it’s easier for them to find happiness or peace of mind? Is each group capable of this? In that case, does it matter if you’re smart or not? Both types of people are useful in different areas, i.e an intelligent person can do say, mathematics, (if they happen to be good at math) where as a stupid person could do something more physical (if they have the physique). So, why is one better than the other?
Hope I’m making sense. What do you think, friends?

February 2, 2012 at 12:36 am

You must sign in or join to reply!

Profile photo of andresni andresni (@andresni) 3 years, 1 month ago ago

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..

Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 3 years, 1 month ago ago

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?

Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 3 years, 1 month ago ago

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.
Labels suck
“Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
“It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
and maybe the most quoted by the same dude

Profile photo of John OMallen John OMallen (@omallen) 3 years, 1 month ago ago

Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) English philosopher, mathematician and writer.

Profile photo of Casey Wagner Casey Wagner (@swags82) 3 years, 1 month ago ago

@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:

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.

Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 1 month ago ago

Oooooh Danny, that’s awesome… And Casey, brilliant read heh, thank you

Profile photo of Ty Ty (@tymr) 3 years, 1 month ago ago

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.

Reply to this topic

More Posts Like This


Profile photo of Dude420 How to stop liking someone.

I like this one girl. We aren’t friends. Nor do we see each other everyday. I tried not to think about it. I tried to distract myself from thinking of her, avoiding her, looking for her cons, and looking for...


Profile photo of sian Any ideas for the meaning of everything?

Is the meaning of everything just a thing we will find out and accept into society or is it something impossible for our mind to comprehend and understand or is it something else?


Profile photo of paul_g Looking for Alexa, HEthen from the old days?

I’m looking for Alexa, from as far back as four years ago – she’ll know when she’s reading this, and if anyone else has a clue with any mode of contact, I’d be veeery thankful for a PM or...


Profile photo of anjelica White Men and America

First off, I’m a white male 24 years old. I’ve never seen anyone as less than me and always judge people based on what’s inside of them. Even then I’m understanding in my judgement because I know...


Profile photo of MonkeyZazu Who funds Pirating?

Is it just me or does all those servers and programming skills come at a cost. I can literally find nothing on who pays for this and how lets say the pirate bays founders make money if they do at all. Anybody know any...


Profile photo of WingChunWarrior How to deal with paranoia/anxiety while high

With 4/20 being tomorrow, I want all of my fellow smokers to have a great time. In order to do so, lets try and not have any paranoia/anxiety whilst high. This occasionally occurs for me and the marijuana strain I am...


Profile photo of paul_g I'm not satisfied with me

I am not so satisfied with me, my parents, Well wishers , friends all are the best one i got but only things here in my life i am not able to digest is its me. i am not getting any idea of what to do next...


Profile photo of paul_g Where are the discussions?

Three years ago was when I first found HE. The focus in the early days was discussion, ideas and argument. That was HE 2.0, we are 3 version onwards and the majority of the front page of HE is filled with pictures of...


Profile photo of Campfirecowboy Where do you go?

When you die, where do you go? I mean sure you no longer interact with that which is (depending on your perspective)…but where do “you” go. Is it possible for you to escape the cosmos…and if yes...


Profile photo of Campfirecowboy The Big Bang Theory Is Wrong

Every single individual atom is alive with a unique consciousness Your mind is the ruler of these atoms, whatever you think attracts certain atoms with a similar vibration and motivates them to carry on life processes...


Profile photo of apricelessgoat My Husband isn't so loyal to me.

Hi I am 21 years old, I got married to my husband 2 years ago. We’ve been in a relationship for 4 years. We are having a rough patch in our relationship it’s pretty bad. I can’t really trust him like I...


Profile photo of apricelessgoat Why do I destroy myself?

I’m toxic. I’ve poisoned all my relationships. I lie to my girlfriend by not telling her any of this and so now she wants to leave me. My dad cant talk to me without yelling about something stupid. I’ve...


Profile photo of Nic The Rational Gaze and DNA

In 1998 Jeremy Narby published The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge. In it he proposed that shamans may be able to access information at the molecular level through the ingestion of entheogens,...


Profile photo of Redgynald Share your soundcloud (Or any original music) here

One of my friends just turned me on to soundcloud the other day and I think it is a cool way for musicians to share their music. If anybody has a soundcloud or another type of original music page that they want to share...


Profile photo of martha98 Happiness?

Is nirvana remotely possible for human beings? I’ve often been thinking about how happiness can become an everyday thing… and most of the time, it seems utterly impossible. How can someone be ultimately...