We live in a world where intelligence is rewarded, and that is good, because intelligence is fundamental to our expansion and the way we build the world.
Being intelligent or smart, is a bliss. You can obviously grow your intelligence by activating it more often, looking at things and trying to understand them.
By doing so you build your ability to infer information, and presume it in future conditions.
Basically, you’re more likely to be able to know how to act onto an expected situation.
But that extra intelligence is also a kind of blindness, because our intelligence is often directed to proving ourselves. So what happens is that we focus our entire range of thoughts into proving our theories.
This detracts much possibilities to what we can do and think of.
Intelligence, in this sense, doesn’t allow you to see past your status because “I’m intelligent, I know things” is the thought that comes to your mind first.
If the world was static and 100% predictable, this would be perfect, but the world, and the people around us, are much more than that.
They act and react in ways we can’t imagine, our intelligence shouldn’t only focus on what we know, it shouldn’t focus on demonstrating our ability to get the truth, our ability to infer what’s correct, but instead we should train it to doubt it.
The more I go forth, the more I think that we should develop a “Sane Doubt” of ourselves, a doubt that doesn’t deprive our ideal but instead tries to add more things, things and information we couldn’t foresee, that we couldn’t predict.
This can only be achieved through a continuous self-doubt that must not be destructive.
If we erroneously transform this doubt into something destructive we would feel powerless, and that’s not the goal.
The goal is to learn, to build another kind of intelligence, an intelligence that doesn’t love being right. The curious intelligence of a child that learns new words.
We should aim to learn the words we still have to learn, knowing we don’t know them in the first place.