Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Smart VS Intelligent


I can't speak for anyone else, but if I had to choose between the two, I'd much rather be intelligent, than smart. Being witty, or clever have their uses, but they're no substitute for good old-fashioned sense. The two are often swapped as if they're interchangeable, but one can be smart without being intelligent; we see it all the time. 

I've never seen an evergreen, or a spider, or an earthworm described as smart, although they're clearly intelligent, and make profound contributions to Earth life. Many people considered to have a high IQ have done incredibly foolish things, putting themselves and other lifeforms in unnecessary danger. And then there are those who despite their cleverness, somehow miss concepts as simple as “respect others”... “you get back what you give out”... and, right along with the world's ignorant, frequently succumb to the follies of greed and vanity in their many misleading forms. 

My intent is not to put anyone down, but simply to remind us to be humble about our position, our knowledge, and our abilities. What is your definition of intelligence, anyway? If intelligence means anything, I'd imagine it to be related to one's capacity for sensing, understanding, and acting upon information.


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