The Varieties of Sapience

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Terms such as intelligence, wisdom, intellectuality, cleverness, and brilliance are sometimes used interchangeably, but are not exactly the same thing. Intellectuality is the result of profound knowledge derived from excessive academic studying and analytical reasoning, with the hope to solve common life problems. Human intelligence is insight derived from both foresight and hindsight. It is the ability to make impeccable decisions. A highly intelligent person will excel in managing household income, businesses, relationships, and excel in virtually other areas because of his quality decision-making skills. An intellectual may just be highly knowledgeable about psychology, science, or some other discipline, but isn’t necessary a great decision-maker. 

Intelligence enables humans to experience and think. When you learn from your mistake, you become more intelligent. It is essential to distinguish between Acquired Intelligence, Profound knowledge (intellectuality), and Wisdom. Acquired Intelligence is the ability to make decisions that are guided by insight (knowledge about a situation) and foresight (ability to predict what could result in the future). Profound knowledge is acquired knowledge through learning and application; for example, Albert Einstein had profound knowledge of physics. 

Now, Wisdom cannot be defined in one specific way, just as the purpose of human existence cannot be defined in a specific way. What I consider wise may not be wise to you and vice versa. Joe thinks it’s wise to live the Epicurean life, Dave is a disciple of Plato, Anna is a Christian, Ibrahim is a Muslim, Chin Yun is a Buddhist, and Gabby is Jewish. Clearly, Joe sees wisdom from a different perspective than the others, because like purpose, wisdom is self-defined. What you believe to be wise may not be seen as such by another person. 

An intelligent man knows a problem and knows how to avoid it, he learns from the past to protect the future, and he utilizes statistics, personal experiences, and acquired knowledge to make effective decisions; decisions that take into consideration the long term consequences of each present action and choice he makes.He is not one who doesn’t make mistakes, but one who learns from mistakes. Intelligence can be acquired through experiences, it can be acquired through learning, and it can be acquired through education. It can also be a natural gift since birth. And while some people are intelligent because their parents trained them to be, some people are intelligent because they associate with intelligent people. 

It’s true that the kind of friends you have can shape your attitudes, beliefs, and orientation. It is also true that the kind of parents you have can have a great influence on your personality. The schools you attend, the religious gatherings you go to, the ideas you entertain can shape you. It is thus, advisable to associate with people you believe are intelligent and wise, so that they can be of positive influence to your life. This is also a similar case with profound knowledge; you are likely to grow in knowledge if you are in a gathering of profoundly knowledgeable folks. You are also bound to grow in intelligence if you are among intelligent folks.

Logically, to develop one’s knowledge in a subject, dedication is the key. To have dedication, the power of one’s concentration is required. For knowledge to be nurtured, the power of concentration is significant. People who have frequent thoughts of revenge, sex, partying, losing weight, etc., at the expense of concentrating on a significant subject, do not experience significant intellectual growth in comparison to those who are more focused; it’s logical. The more attention you pay to something, the greater the effect it has on your mind. 

With regards to intelligence and in acquiring profound knowledge, how you use your psychic energy matters. Psychic energy is the attention and preoccupation you give to something. Often times, a man is brilliant in an area because of his absolute concentration on such area, while another man may be dull in that area because of his lack of mental activity in such area. If our thoughts are fixated on a certain area, we are bound to be brilliant in that area. But if our thoughts are alien to such area, we are bound to have very little knowledge about it. 

It is for this reason that an engineer will always know his profession better than an accountant, and an accountant will always know his profession better than an engineer. It is also for the same reason that a builder will always know his craft more than a fisherman. Although there’s much more to the quality of one’s knowledge acquisition, the determiners of a person’s brilliance in an area is the degree of their passion (or interest) and the degree of their concentration. It remains a mystery whether passion can be created, if it’s a product of experience, or if it’s the result of brain chemistry. 

Passion will make you not only interested in, but also preoccupied with such course. And when you are preoccupied with such course regardless of its complexities, and you strive to acquire more knowledge about it, you are bound to be brilliant in that course. You will often find yourself motivated towards carrying out researches, analyzing, asking, and studying, in an effort to satisfy your craving for abundant knowledge, all of which give rise to intellectual brilliance. You create passion when the thought of having accomplished something brings about a rewarding pleasure. Unless the thought of achieving something generates pleasure, there’s no passion. 

Some people face challenges with reasoning effectively, while there are other people who excel in reasoning with high efficiency and effectiveness. Those who excel in reasoning at a fast rate and who have impeccable memories are often referred to as geniuses. They tend to understand problems easily because their brain chemistry enables them to do so. They are the kinds of people you may refer to as the easy-gainers of profound knowledge. Like some folks in other areas, they possess exceptional ability. More so, they tend to have interest for useful intellectual areas which enables them to excel in such areas. 

It may thus be said that some people have more enhanced problem-solving skills than others; just as some people have more super-physical strength than others. Yet, anyone who has the courage to dwell on certain meaningful intellectual areas, will sooner or later, achieve brilliance in such areas. It is not clear why some people have interest and passion for certain things. Such people seem almost destined to excel in these areas, especially when they are not afraid to face the hard stuffs. However, passion for something can very much be created if we know how to go about it. 

While geniuses have the capacity to do remarkable things, ordinary people also have the capacity to do mind-blowing things; provided the organs responsible for quality and superconscious reasoning are not damaged. Geniuses have the advantage, but every functioning man has a potent mind. When people accomplish great things, we assume they are geniuses, when they might just be ordinary people that do exceptional things. It is, however, relieving to know that you don’t have to be a genius to do exceptional things.