I remember once, I was watching a Yogi. He was an older man, with a long white beard, an orange turban on his head, the his eyes teemed with galactic wisdom. He had said something very inspirational. A questioner from the audience had asked “is there a difference between being smart, and being wise?” The Yogi responded by saying that there was a very big difference between someone who was smart, and someone who was wise. “Don’t fool yourself of mixing these two things together.”
A smart or intellectual person is not necessarily smart. Essentially, what is smart? It is the simple process of being about to regurgitate information. It is simply someone who is able to revalidate information that is already there. There is a difference between being wise and creative, and an intellect who can recycle information.
I myself, have met these intellectuals in my personal life at times. Let me tell you one thing, it is sometimes painful to be in their company. Perhaps it is the over confidence of their personalities, or the ability to spew and recycle irrelevant information, or the lack of social interaction and fluidness. It isn’t social at all, and there seems to be nothing humble about the atmosphere.
Nonetheless, I think it is important for us to remember the intellect, and its boundaries. Do not let yourself get too high on the intellectual throne. Not everything in life is logical, and therefore, lets make sure we look at the emotional, and spiritual side of every situation, and not let intellectually inclusivity rule.
I was recently watching a video, called “Jordan Peterson – The Arrogance of The Intellect” I’ll link it here. You don’t have to watch the whole thing, although its only 6 minutes long, but if you are wise, just listen to the first minute of the video. The guy literally starts by asking this psychology professor “The issue that I face is that I have a very high need for intellectual stimulation, and I cant get that from most people…how should i address this?”
When I heard these words, I began to think immediately “what an asshole”. But that’s just my mind trying to label people and put something back into its place, on something I don’t personally agree with.
First of all, this idea of a very high need for intellectual stimulation is driven by the person that needs it. I think the whole question or proposal can be broken apart just from his first sentence. Can we begin by asking ourselves, what is this need someone may have? What is this need to be around and socialize with other intellectuals. Why is it so high? And perhaps the ultimate question, who is cultivating this need? It is the person himself. Why must there be a high need to be stimulated from one aspect of life, for this instance, the utter need to be around intellectual or smart people, who can carry on longer conversations about specific topics than the rest?
This is the problem. This individual has, over time, created an unbalanced need, an almost addictive need, to be constantly stimulated by one thing. That’s like literally what society has done over the last decade, creating the humans need to be constantly around technology, your phones, tabs, cpus, social medias, and etc. That’s like literally me saying. “So the issue i am facing is that i have this high need for technological stimulation, and most technology just doesn’t do it for me….what do you suggest i do?”
How about minimizing that specific need? Human need is un-ending. This is human nature. It will not be satisfied in this way. The wise will understand this – not the intellectual. As always the answers will always lay within you, not outside of you. There is no solution that is external, but only internal that will truly satisfy you on a kosmik scale.