In this spiritual ghetto of the cosmos called Earth, are men who are intelligently stupid. They are intelligent in as much as they have the ability to understand. And stupid because they often react negatively to what they hear.
Why? Because they are controlled by a gang of sub-intelligent thoughts known as Monkeys.
I tried this statement on several groups of people. The overall reaction of the majority of them to intelligently stupid was a spontaneous eruption of negative responses and defensiveness. Try it yourself.
This proves the point. If men were intelligently smart, they would react differently by asking questions like: Hey, how did you come to this conclusion? How interesting, can you prove your point? What do you mean by this? I don't agree, here's why... Or other questions that indicate that their intelligence is in motion.
An intelligent man would not have feelings of vulnerability, or of being attacked whenever any kind of statement is made by anybody - even a negative statement. If he reacts spontaneously to stimuli without forethought, his intelligence would be no higher than that of an ape.
An ape lives in his feelings, is his feeling, and possesses nothing which can detach itself from his feelings - in short, an ape completely identifies himself with his subconscious images. Alas, most men also live in this state, declared Dr. Rolf Alexander, M.D.
Hence, we need to raise our intelligence above that of an ape, and not be at the mercy of our biased or limited perceptions if we are to evolve.
The fact is, there is an ongoing, undeclared war between man and his real masters: the Monkeys that govern his life and rob him of his progress and the good feelings he constantly seeks.
In my own search, I came across a few paragraphs in a book that challenged me to re-examine my own thinking and convictions. In those small paragraphs was a rare admission by Dr. Timothy Leary, who had just joined the Department of Social Relations at Harvard University. I felt exactly as he did. Here is what he said:
I would like to share with you some of the historical background of my immobilization as a psychological scientist.
He then described the three stages he went through before finally arriving at a disturbing discovery. The first, which was by far the happiest, was what he called the stage of innocent ignorance, when he thought there were some secrets of human nature that he would be able to find through study, experiences and reading, and apply to help other people.
The second stage was the period of illusion of non-ignorance, when he knew that he didn't have the secret, but suddenly realized that people were turning to him thinking that he did& But he could always say: Well, we didn't have enough cases, or we must improve the methodology.
But eventually, in the third and most painful stage, he realized that though people were turning to him for answers, he began to think that maybe, maybe he didn't know what he was talking about.
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