Can you be both highly intelligent/full of knowledge and also happy? Why do I have a feeling that the more simple you are, that happier and easier life is? And vice versa.
@tigerturban, I’m using my own words and thoughts from personal observation, so until you stop just copying and pasting from a website you really have no authority to decide what is and is not obtuse.
@creds, Ok. So say objectively you realize you think too much. You over analyze everything and worry about all sorts of things. Now you are getting worried that you think too much, creating more thoughts about how to stop thinking so much and ways in which to stop the incessant stream going on in your head. By doing that, you’re just creating another level of anxiety on top of the original one. Thinking, in this case, will not help you, since thinking is the very thing that is preventing you from experiencing this ‘space’ (that’s just the term I am using; other equivalent terms would be awareness, consciousness, no mind, etc.).
Think of your everyday scientist. I’m not talking about Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein types, but just your everyday run of the mill scientist. He is intelligent in the sense that he is able to memorize lots and lots of facts, but that’s where it ends. Basically, this type of person lacks depth. They run boring experiments and studies that really don’t contribute to much. They look tense and worried all the time, and are usually very socially awkward and all that jazz, and just don’t seem like they enjoy life. Their minds are full of facts, which narrows their perception of reality to a huge degree. Someone who is not as capable of doing this would naturally be happier since his mind isn’t so full of thoughts, ideas, beliefs, concepts and delusions.
Someone like Einstein on the other hand, is a creator of knowledge and incite into how the world works. Do you know what Einstein said his method was? Long periods of no thinking, followed by short periods of incite where information just came to him. When I say no thinking, I don’t mean zoning out, since in zoning out you’re mind is really just running rampant without you realizing it. What I mean is he was aware and observant of himself in the present moment. The only way to truly observe anything (whether it be your own mind, your surroundings, music, sensations) is to be a blank slate internally. You can’t have preconceived notions in order to observe. If you do have preconceived notions, that’s fine, but just observe that too. Everything happens on the surface of that slate of consciousness, including all the knowledge you have accumulated.
The boring scientist confuses who he is with what he thinks, and therefore never has access to that deeper level of observation.
Becoming more intelligent is like moving to the next level in a video game. Yeah, it’s gonna be harder to beat, but you have more weapons an ammo than you did when you started. You are more equipped to do battle with unhappiness. You just have to be willing to put in the effort and use all your resources.