What is Intelligence?  –  Part 1

The dictionary definition of the word Intelligence – the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.

What is the dictionary definition of the word Knowledge?

1          Information and skills acquired through experience or education.
2          Awareness or familiarity gained by experience.

So we are being told that to be ‘Intelligent’ we need the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and one way to get that knowledge would be Education and no surprise it is on the agenda from when we are born.

Our parents want to make sure we go to school and learn and in most cases they want us to do “better” than they did. I know for my parents it was a big deal as they could not speak the English language and had to rely on others to read letters to help them out. I was writing cheques for my Dad from a very young age and reading his letters and responding to them.

  • What if the formal education system does not work for you?
  • Does that mean you are not Intelligent?
  • Who defines and confirms the dictionary defintition?
  • Are we classed as ‘not intelligent’ if we have no formal education?
  • Where is the Authority that governs words and their meaning?
  • How do they live their life everyday? Has anyone studied this?
  • Is the dictionary definition the true meaning of the word Intelligence?
  • What is the meaning of Truth?
  • Is there another form of Intelligence?

Have we stopped to answer these questions or do we just bop along and accept everything that we are told because it comes from a book or someone who is formally educated?

The good news is the dictionary says that “experience” counts just like education.

Really?

Not in my world as if you do not have the Accreditation or the correct Qualifications which come from formal Education, then it is dismissed. Try getting a job now without the exam results and certificate.

I worked in a bank 30 years ago and with ‘experience’ we could work our way up the ladder from cashier clerk to supervisor and then management. Today they look for those with university degrees and then ask them to be a cashier/admin clerk, so there are no advantages for having all that education as you start at the bottom.

Does a formal university education make you a better bank clerk than a young person who does not have the qualification but is feeling alive and passionate about a job they know they can do well and serve the people but they could not sit formal exams as their mind could not do memory recall?

I know many young students highly educated with a university degree but not able to get their ‘ideal job’ in the field they have studied. So they take any job given and resent having to work in something they feel is not their choice but they are forced to as social benefits say they will no longer pay them.

So the question is – Is this Intelligent?

What Quality are we the customer getting if the person doing the job is resenting working as it is not what they studied for or choosing for a career?

As the dictionary says (which is followed by the mass as the correct way for defining any word) you need ‘experience’ which of course requires time. As a young adult you will be dismissed if you have no experience so you are back to square one.

So my simple understanding here is if you are not formally educated and have the right qualifications then getting a job is going to be difficult and with no experience you got no chance.

You are therefore not classed as Intelligent because the only other way is experience and you cannot have that as you have not lived the years required to be classed as someone with experience.

But what about the rest of us who for whatever reason did not go through the formal education? Does that mean we are not Intelligent and society will dismiss us?

I was in the ‘grammar stream’ in secondary school. At the age of thirteen, I was one of four in the whole school to be asked to sit GCSE ‘O’ level so that is three years before the other students. So on some level my English teacher thought I was intelligent.

I was taken out of school and married just as I turned 17 years old. My circumstances changed as did my education. I ended up working and never having a career like others. I no longer fitted in and was of course doing jobs with minimum effort no matter what task was given to me. Of course on paper I had a few ‘O’ levels but that amounts to nothing when trying to get a decent job.

I took the risk of going part-time, which meant less money to pay the bills but it felt right at the time. It was a miracle to have the bank manager say that I had ‘potential’, even though I had nothing on paper to show I was qualified for the job.

I worked my way up to management but left because it was all about profits not people. I could not sell a long term policy to an old pensioner just to make our branch figures look good.

I had a compass inside me that would not let me live a life that I knew was not Truth. I left the bank and at the same time left my marriage.

Not having a formal education came with a society stigma as I could never prove to any employer that I was worth employing because I did not have the intelligence on paper. So I went self employed and earning money became easy and effortless, but I knew that this formal education was the only way I could move on and be something that others would recognise and approve of – mainly my father. So at age 34 I went to university. I left because I felt the struggle to study in this way was only to please my father and be accepted in society as someone who is intelligent.

So if you have no formal Education then you do not have anything of real value to offer society. Is this true?

I had no education but over time I got experience but nothing worth talking about as it was not in any field in particular. It is dismissed because I do not have the education which is the qualifications to confirm that what I am saying has value.

My experience was not taken into account and what we endorse, pump up, value, recognise, identify and foster in our world is anything that can be measured on a line and if it does not fit then you are not Intelligent as the line told you so.

I do not fit in any line or in any box. I am outside the box so to speak so does that mean I am not Intelligent?

In my simple world I know what is right and wrong and what feels True and what does not Feel True.

I know that anecdotal evidence is readily dismissed for research purposes and yet I have hundreds of testimonials saying I know what I am talking about and I do make a difference to people’s lives.

I do have the number 2 of the dictionary definition above – the awareness and familiarity gained through experience.

But what if the experience you have is not in the line?

in other words – the world does not recognise it even though all the people who benefit from it confirms that it clearly works.

  • How do you make something formal that does not require this form of intelligence?
  • Do you give up or do you find another way?
  • When will we wake up and take into account that what we have to say from our own experience is valid and important?

When will our measuring ways of collecting data change to true ‘qualitative’ data instead of the current way which is ‘quantitative’. Get the mass numbers then its real and nothing else counts.

I was listening to an amazing scientist – Dr Dianne Trussell who said that modern science bases experiments on objectivity and de-bases subjectivity which is feelings, intuition and anecdotal observations.

So this means my pilot study of almost 4 years with anecdotal evidence is dismissed because it is not classed as something that can be measured. So my question is – how can we ignore, negate and pretend that this does not count? These are actual people stating facts about what has happened to them but because it does not fit the formal education way of measuring evidence that will be accepted, it is thrown out without even being studied.

Could it be possible that if I had a PhD then my study may be considered because my formal education qualification states that I know what I am talking about?

Is there another form of Intelligence that very few have discovered that takes into account all people equally and really truly takes care of people first and that means taking on board and validating what they say as important?

I am a current statistic in that I do not hold a formal education and have spent my life “winging it” so to speak. However, I was able to study a one year teaching course in four weeks. Is that intelligent?

Or was the real Intelligence behind this something else?

Was I given access from another form of intelligence that allowed me to study intensely without any stress so that I could continue working in the field I have chosen?

My circumstances meant I did not become a doctor as I planned but 35 years later I have no regrets as what I have to offer is Equal to that of any profession because it comes from a life lived that is parallel to any formal education. What is interesting is I have friends in medical and highly academic professions who confirm that what I have to offer this world holds value even though I don’t have the letters before of after my name.

When are we going to question the current form of Intelligence as it is not bringing our world the real change that is now needed if we are to ever evolve out of the mess we are in?

It does not require any form of intelligence to know that sickness and dis-ease in the body is going out of the roof, drugs and alcohol abuse is out of control and crime is at an all time high. This is to name a few of the current problems going on in every part of our world.

My final question to you the reader to ponder on –

What drives us to Accept our current form of Intelligence and dismiss something that science is starting to discover – that our heart has a form of intelligence and the lab can prove now that the heart sends an impulse before the brain thinks what it thinks.

  • I am no scientist, medical or academic professional in anyway.
  • I am just a normal everyday law abiding citizen with no formal education.

Inspired by the life and work of Serge Benhayon who continues to be a living example of what real intelligence truly is.

 

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Comments 53

  1. Wow, there is so much in this blog that I will be returning many times to comment further but first up I wanted to do physiotherapy when I finished my year 12 but my marks fell just short, according to the so called rankings at the time. Hence I was not deemed intelligent enough to get into this course. Since this time I have seen people work in jobs because they got the so called marks but are terrible at what they do, no passion, no real interest and no connection with people. I have seen people work in various areas excel because they love what they do and make their jobs all about people – people first. The marks they got or how they got into their courses/jobs or how well they did during their training is not what is important or even significant. How they are with people, how they listen, communicate and relate is what is important. I didn’t learn how to relate and work with people in any of my studies and yet this is what is needed. Sure, I can do very well performing any task or job required of me but what does this mean when the teams I work within are in disarray, unhappy, disgruntled, not harmonious and not well functioning?

    1. Yes Sally this is a WOW blog and there is so much on this subject hence why it is Part 1. There is more..
      I agree with you that we are never taught at any stage in education how to truly communicate and relate to others which lets face it we need in life and in particular our work in the world.
      Intelligence in the way most of us are taught this leaves out so much of the human aspect of who we truly are. So much focus is put on intelligence and the academic who has mastered a subject yet we take little if any note of how they are living day to day.
      It really is time to re-write the books so to speak and allow those who may not have memory recall as their most acquired skill but nevertheless have something else that may be EQUAL to another when working. As you have stated in your comment you can get someone who fits the bill but has no people skills.

      1. I like how you mention looking at how people are living day to day as this is not really considered within our spheres of education and intelligence. In fact even if someone’s private life is looked at for a particular reason we still hold a belief that there are aspects of their lives that are private. But is this true? Are any aspects of our own lives truly private? Has the intelligence we have all been bought up with presented to us for consideration that nothing is ever private and that everything we do, say and think affects not only us but those around us. No it has not.

        1. Correct Sally Scott – nothing is ever private even if we like to think it is to suit our own needs. So lets use the example of doing porn privately and thinking you are getting away with it.
          Are we really?
          Think about it – surely that behaviour does not just switch off just because you close down your computer or hide your magazines or whatever else it is you are doing?
          How would you feel if you knew the world was going to find out about this secret you have?
          How would you honestly feel if you kids found out what you were up to in your private life?
          Do we care?
          Are we aware or are we ignoring this because it suits us?
          Are we seeing this as an irresponsible way of living?
          Do we stop and ask what type of role model are we for humanity?

        2. Another example of intelligence is when we see what it is clearly NOT. I was just reading about the health crisis in 40-60 year olds http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38402655, with 8 out of 10 (8 out of 10!) people in the UK being overweight, drinking too much, not exercising and not taking care of themselves. The coverage quotes “we are living longer, but are in poorer health because we store up problems as we age.” How is this intelligent?

          Watching some news coverage with people in the street interviewed about their health and why they think this problem exists, it is clear we all have the intelligence inside but we override/ignore it because it is more convenient to do so. Those interviewed shared how we are all just eating ‘whatever we want because we can’ or ‘because everything is so easy nowadays, you just go to the supermarket and buy your ready meal and sit and eat it in front of the TV’ and ‘it’s much more effort to make a meal from scratch or go to the gym’.

          8 out of 10 of us not bothered enough about ourselves to make a healthy meal or take exercise, and it’s making us ill and loading the health system. And what proportion of those 8 out of 10 go to work in environments where their job is to help other people?

          Perhaps when we are ready for a re-set on intelligence, we could start here, with these basics?

          1. Great that you share some current news headlines here Jenifer which affects us all.
            What kind of intelligence are we under when we think it is totally ok to eat whatever we want and when we want and not give a hoot about the consequences?
            This is crazy if we just stop and think about it.

            What also seems to be extreme is this science based evidence stuff being the one and only way.
            Reading about a study on mice and seeing how their spleen reacts to stress may not be quite the same as a human. Just with common sense approach we know we do not live like mice so surely we need to widen our scientific knowledge and make it more anecdotal and more human as we are ALL a living science. That is a fact.

  2. I remember when I decided to go to university I felt the pressure to do so because without this I thought I wouldn’t be good enough hence the lack of enthusiasm for the 3 years I attended. Fast forward I now know a degree does not define who I am. Actually just being me is a form of intelligence that humanity really needs.

    1. Correct Priscilla, no degree or any qualification defines who you are.
      If you ask me – we have lost the plot with this intelligence stuff. You take a close look at some of our well read scholars and they don’t look a bag of health and vitality so where is the intelligence in that.
      How intelligent are some of our Doctors in the caring profession if they don’t take deep care of themselves on a daily basis? Not saying this applies to all but boy oh boy you have to be blind freddy if you haven’t seen our exhausted healthcare staff who are working longer and longer hours as the demand for patient care increases.
      How intelligent are we as a race of beings when illness and dis-ease are on the rise and we are spending billions to see if we got life on another planet. Maybe we should focus on this earth life and get it right first before we try and attempt what is going on out there. This will be expanded on in the blog called What is Intelligence – Part 2.

  3. Simple Living Global this is so true, the world revolves around accolades and reward to confirm a form of intelligence that on many levels does not support ‘everyone’ that is the whole of humanity. My experience is that at school you are constantly fed the notion that if you do not get certificate X or Y then you are going down a different stream and will be ‘left behind’. The clue is this rather insidious version of education that actively promotes study in order to get a high grade to prove you can ‘survive’ all of the stress and workload given as well as to satisfy the teaching faculties that they are doing the right thing.
    The interesting thing is as mentioned even university graduates leave and cannot find work. I was fortunate enough to witness this for myself when I had a brief tenure at a University and observed that some students had left a year or two before but because they could not find work they were still coming to the University to use facilities and meet up with their friends who were all in the same boat. This is regarded as the best University in Australia and it is so interesting that on the surface they pride themselves on the number of graduates – yet scratch the surface and there are many who leave and certainly as described above end up in work that does not fit the picture they were sold and thus become resentful.
    It’s almost like they we are all sold a picture of intelligence and work really hard to emulate and follow this – day after day yet at crunch time it feels and looks nothing like we thought and indeed wanted it to.
    So what is intelligent for us all – is it that we stop all of this nonsense and no-one studies – or is it that we address the fact that the education system grades people on a strict definition of intelligence that is actually false. Is it possible that this needs to be addressed the world over?
    There is much to be broken down here and I look forward to part 2 of this blog.

    1. What is all this university stuff really about? We all know the majority leave with student debt and a body even more exhausted from living on less comforts as the bank of mum and dad are not on tap and they feel duty bound to attend all alcohol events. This is well known in the UK and then they come out unable to get employment. How dis-heartening it must feel and then they get desperate and take what they can and as you say Lee there is resentment and understandably so because they were sold an image. A picture of how life after University could be and then it falls short. What part of this is Intelligent really?
      Come on – is it not time we started to teach our kids the real value of living a life that is true so they get to express how they feel and are not force fed images of who they should be or what they should be when they grow up.
      In answer to your final question – it is not about stopping all studies but our approach to education has to change if we are to ever evolve as a race of beings. There is zero intelligence in the way we are currently using intelligence to educate our kids. It is time to see the whole and not one part and champion it above anything else.

  4. I still have night mares about high school [I am 65]. It was a waste of a most precious time in my life. When i was 16 i could have left school, but i was told i needed a college degree to make something of myself. I basically ignored all the signals that was telling me to do something different.

    When something is not working, Do something different.!!! Thank you for bringing this important subject to light.

    1. Well Ken it sure would be worth dealing with whatever is there if you are still having nightmares about high school.
      Thank you for confirming that this blog was a subject that is important to talk about.
      We each have a choice to go onto the internet and talk about whatever we want but what is the actual quality of what we are putting out there? I see no point telling people on social media or a blog or comment what I ate for dinner or posting holiday snaps. What I feel would be of benefit to humanity as a whole is to write stuff that may get people thinking or questioning about what is actually going on in our world.
      I feel one would change nothing and the other would at least offer us evolution. Is that intelligent? pun intended.

  5. Working in Human Resources for many years, I’ve read hundreds of resumes of people who want to work at the company. Many of them did not have the formal education and qualifications we were advertising for. I can remember several cases in which we interviewed and hired the person anyway, and boy oh boy was that a wise decision. Some of the hardest workers and the people who were most trusted and most influential in the companies I worked with did not have formal degrees. Some were college dropouts, some were young and had very little experience, others had resumes that looked like they were all over the place and not focused in a particular field. None of them were ever any ‘less’ to the company because they did not fit in the box. I do have a college degree and HR certifications, and despite these, I can honestly say I’ve learned a ton about life and work from the people who didn’t fit my image of intelligence.

    1. This is a great sharing here Julie Goodhart coming from your HR background. When are we going to ever stop judging others and think that intelligence comes because you were able to do memory recall better than others and pass exams or get to University or College.
      You have confirmed yet again that there are people with no formal education who have another type of intelligence and that needs to be equally honoured and then you get great workers. We have lost the plot if you ask me when it comes to education and we have so many set beliefs, images and ideals about formal education and what intelligence actually is.

  6. You make a lot of great points here Simple Living Global. I have always wondered about the education system in that there is so much pressure put on people to go to university and gain a degree and then after a minimum of three years of study and most working part time jobs, being in thousands of pounds of debt and finally getting your degree, there is no guarantee that you will be working in the field you have studied for or even remotely close to that field. You are now working in a job that you don’t really want to do, paying off your debts for something you may never potentially utilise. I am sure most people going into university are aware of this potential situation, so why is there so much drive to get a university education? Is it something they want? Is it something their parents want? Is it seen as a rite of passage? Society says that a university degree is the only way forward. You made a point about memory recall. If you have the capacity to remember a lot of information, you are classed as being intelligent. But memory recall doesn’t mean you have common sense. It doesn’t mean that you wake up excited about going to work. It doesn’t mean that you are right for the job. Intelligence is subjective. We humans are supposed to be the most intelligent species on this earth but I don’t see any animals waiting around when a natural disaster is about to happen. The animals obviously don’t have the benefit of a university education so is it possible there is some other kind of intelligence out there?

    1. A stupendous comment Tim and well said. So why is it that society wants us to all have a college or university degree? What then drives the student to follow that path?
      Why is it that so many feel ‘less’ or not enough because they simply do not have the memory recall of those who do study and can get that bit of paper that confirms they are intelligent. Who defined Intelligence?
      The bit that really struck me is when you say ‘memory recall does not mean you have common sense’. This is worth stopping and pondering on.
      I know heaps of academics who pay little attention to the health and well being and yet their heads can reel off facts and figures on their specialist subject.
      The brilliant thing you say here is you never see animals hang around before a natural disaster. How come? What intelligence are they aligned to?
      Could it be possible we have another intelligence and the world of education has not accepted that this could be the real thing?

  7. Brilliant blog Simple Living Global. Thank you for asking these much needed questions with the immense pressure that is put on children, at a younger and younger age, and adults in education.. to have letters, certificates and qualifications. Why have we put intelligence into such a small box, it is this and this only. Your lived example shows there is so much more to intelligence, truth or not truth, how it feels, from the heart. If we have letters or certificates but no care for each other, the ability to listen and understand this is merely just box ticking, as you so clearly presented here.
    I had to take the 11+ twice to get into a grammar school, I was not academic so failed at most of my exams and O’levels whilst I was there, I could not wait to leave school. Because of this I believed I was not good enough or brainy, for many years. I now know that listening to my heart is the greatest intelligence and connecting to this brings it forth with an effortless flow.

    1. You make some great points here Ruth and well worth the reader taking note of what we expect from our children.
      I have first hand experience of where the parents are illiterate and they want their kids to be excelling in everything and the pressure to be in a job that society deems as intelligent is the only goal. They want to be proud of what their kids end up with but at no point is the child questioned and asked what he or she wants.
      I have always known I was a sharp cookie but circumstances meant I did not follow any career path and then 4 decades on I have no fixed job title. But just applying common sense and reading the blogs on this website thus far, confirms I am not dumb or un- intelligent just because I don’t have a university degree or letters before or after my name.
      In fact, I am a living science proving that academic education in the current formal system is not the only way we can define who is intelligent and who is not.
      It is a form of reductionism if you ask me.

  8. It’s like a big conspiracy theory except we’re all playing our part. We’re raised to revere science and only trust things that can be proved. However, it wasn’t so long ago we thought the earth was flat or that the sun orbited the earth. More recently, quantum physics research has shown that particles can behave as waves in contradiction to previous ‘received wisdom’. There is so much we do not yet know and certainly cannot prove and yet we seem to cap our awareness by what the ‘authorities’ or scientists tell us. I have had many personal experiences that show me I have access to a different form of intelligence and it has nothing to do with what I studied or read. For example I am realising I can ‘read’ people very clearly beyond what they are saying and can tell a huge amount about what is going on for them from their movements and demeanor. Many of us would say the same – so what is that if it is not a type of intelligence? I often know when something is about to happen with my kids – without looking at them, I can tell that someone is going to drop something or that the energy has shifted and someone is about to get hurt. For me that is a form of intelligence. Why do we discount it?

    It is actually not so surprising to read here that “science is starting to discover – that our heart has a form of intelligence and the lab can prove now that the heart sends an impulse before the brain thinks what it thinks.”. There is so much science will in time show to be true and we will look back as other generations before us have and see how naive and perhaps arrogant we were. So I’m sticking to what I KNOW, even if can’t yet be proved.

    1. WHY is it that we seem to discount this innate intelligence that you are writing about in this comment Jenifer?
      How many of us can openly say what you say in your last line?
      You are choosing to honour what you KNOW even if it cannot yet be proved.
      What would happen if more of us started doing that?
      What if in the future our world will not be bound by and restricted with this science based evidence that is robust and tested and tested to prove something?
      What if we discovered that there was a greater form of intelligence available to us ALL EQUALLY?
      What if there were people on earth today aligning and working with that form of intelligence and living the future now so to speak. In other words they are able to be and do what we will all be doing in the future?
      What if that for of living requires that word RESPONSIBILITY?

  9. So I’m realising reading this blog that I got trapped by society’s view on intelligence and I’m at risk of passing that on to my children. I realised young that I could get recognition by being ‘smart’ and getting good grades. That was held in very high regard in our home and it came easily to me. But at the same time, I was losing sight of what I wanted or how I felt. Sport came after, with the same pattern: being good at everything gets results in this society. So what if you are freezing on the hockey pitch or have hurt your ankle in netball or have your period and don’t feel like swimming today – you do it anyway, right? Looking back that doesn’t sound very intelligent to me, to put the results before the body. And what about the quality of my work to get those grades or the long, long hours I worked in study and in work, well into the night and sometimes all night. Where was the intelligence in that? And if all that is madness, why is it important what the teacher thinks about my kids’ abilities today? The answer is it isn’t. Knowing this more and more brings a whole new dimension to the school experience and also, e.g. to parents’ evening. At the last one, I could see how exhausted the teacher was when it came to our turn and that is surely more important to address than whether my 6 year old needs to work on his fine motor skills, and we did, and what a conversation opened up – human connection and a real conversation, not just ticking the boxes. Yes, kids need to learn the basic skills, we all do, but what about all the other stuff we are missing? To put the skills above the human is to turn out little performing robots to impress us all, but to what end? Isn’t it time to celebrate kids for who they are and not just what they do? I’m working on living this myself first so I can show rather than just tell: starting to appreciate that what I do is far from all of me. Thank you for this blog Simple Living Global, there is so much here for all of us.

    1. You make some great real life points here Jenifer. How many of us clock at a young age that doing well at school and getting good grades will get us the recognition we want?

      As you say it was rewarded in your family and the price you paid was you did not get to honour what you truly felt or wanted in life. How can that be classed as intelligent?

      Messing up our natural sleep rhythm to study through the night may look like it works but at what cost to our precious body? What is the quality we are producing in our studies if we are exhausted and not in our natural state of being?

      This bit really sticks out when you say “to put skills above the human is to turn out little performing robots to impress us all, but to what end?”
      We forget that whilst education is needed the way we are going about it seems to be spelling something out to us. If we have exhausted teachers then how on earth can we expect our children to be deeply inspired. If these are the role models of society then we need to raise the bar and bring in a dose of honesty and Truth which needs to be lived.
      When Pythagoras said – “If it is not lived in our body, it is impossible for us to impart it.”
      Could this mean that we need to live what we are presenting or teaching and that is what will be the game changer?

  10. I have done carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, designed and built new structures, been an engineer on a commercial fishing vessel, designed and installed solar electric systems, a father of three children, fixed automobiles and boats. I have done all these things without any formal education in these areas. I learned by doing.

    We all have a natural ability to do certain things . I feel the job of parenting and education is to allow the child or student to find what it is they want to do in life. Once you have found your passion, education just happens and so does your life. Follow your heart and everything else will follow.

    1. WOW Ken that is a big list of skilled jobs you have done in your life. Just reading this would make anyone wonder how on earth is this possible without the formal education in these particular specialised fields?
      You are living proof Ken Elmer of what is possible with our ‘natural ability’ as you say.

      In our world today there is so much emphasis on this type of intelligence and it negates anything and everything else. Real life evidence is easily dismissed and yet it holds so much value. We seem to be fixed on science based evidence as the be all and end all and this is not cutting it. You only need to read the blogs on this website to know something is deeply wrong in the world today and the intelligence we so hold and regard as the only way.

  11. I have ignored it plenty in the past but the intelligence of my heart is something I will not ignore any longer!

    What we have been doing has never worked so it is way past time that we all try something different and that is to make life about Love.

    What does a life of love look like?
    For starters the bottom line in how we do business or run anything can not keep being $money$ when it could be about putting ‘people first’…

    1. Dear Jo
      Can you imagine in the future that the Intelligence of our heart will be studied?
      This comment may sound a bit way off and whacky for most right now but science already knows this and with more research and digging deeper they will change their focus.
      We will all be living in a way and moving on the earth with the intelligence of our inner most heart like a compass directing us.
      Bit of a prediction here – not really. Others have said this so it is not really hot news.

      Next – If you go to our Code of Conduct on this website the list is long and the last one says PUT PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT.

      That speaks volumes and it confirms that Simple Living Global are making it about humanity, for humanity, from humanity and on behalf of humanity.
      In other words, we speak to the people, about the people, from the people and on behalf of them.
      Making money where others lose or it is not true simply will not work if you are running a business with true integrity and true RESPONSIBILITY.
      This whole website has a thread weaving through it with that R word that just keeps being presented – RESPONSIBILITY.

  12. Humans are considered the most intelligent species on earth. Is it because we can communicate with words better than animals? I feel that this is not a true marker of intelligence. I have not trusted what people say because many times what they say is not true. Is this a intelligent way to communicate?

    Watch a flock of birds flying together, it is amazing how they communicate with each other so they fly in harmony. How do they do that? We feel that animals are not as smart as us, but do animals lie to each other? Our natural world is in constant true communication with everything. That is how it functions so well.

    Babys have an amazing ability to communicate, a way that can not lie. To me this way of communicating is true intelligence, and we all still have that intelligence, we just have chosen to forget it.

    1. Great point you make here Ken about our animal kingdom and natural world.
      You never see an animal overeat and throw up. You never see a dog demand a pint of beer and drink it. We tend to think our dogs hoover up and eat anything. They don’t.
      Give them alcohol and they know it is poison and choose not to go near it.

      Nature has a rhythm – a natural order and flow in the way things move.
      How much could we learn from nature with the intelligence of our heart?
      As you say – “Our natural world is in constant true communication with everything..”

      If we so called intelligent species on earth had some real decency and respect for our enhousing planet, we would live another way that starts with not harming ourself and then our environment. Just by that alone it becomes difficult to harm mother earth.

  13. Hello World

    Have any of us heard of CES?

    The annual Las Vegas event that they call the ‘craziest week of the consumer electronics year”
    https://www.extremetech.com/computing/242293-ces-2017-highlights-photos

    Ultra-thin televisions, autonomous cars and home-hub robots are just some of the highlights of the Consumer Electronics Show 2017.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/01/05/ces-day-one-highlights-60-seconds/

    Heaps of gadgets and gizmos to entertain us and bring us even more.

    Artificial intelligence that now let’s us have a robot that recognises members of our family.

    So we can all agree this is great advancement but how on earth does this help our humanitarian global crisis?

    We have wars going on.
    Famine continues after all the endless charity work.
    Major emergencies.
    Drug wars that never make the headlines.
    Obesity on a global scale.
    Diabetes statistics off the scale.
    Cyber abuse with no real policing laws.
    Prisoners rioting because they are treated in worse conditions than most animals.
    Doctors suiciding because of the pressures.

    So we all love our gadgets and the luxury it brings us in our comfort life but is there more?

    Could it be that all this stuff has no place when a natural disaster strikes and it’s close to home?

    Are we really dazzled or are we feeling like something is missing when we see the news headlines showing the state of our desperate refugees?

    Do we like being the ones known for our gadget home?

    Do we like showing off our prize artificial intelligence made bits and pieces?

    Do we like the buzz it brings us from our boring everyday life?

    Do we like the stimulation of entertainment that we believe keeps advancing us?

    Are we really advancing as a race of beings on earth or are we staying stuck because this type of intelligence is taking us away from our innate human intelligence that can be found in the inner-heart of every man, woman and child?

  14. I too grew up in an environment that formal education was placed with more value than common sense.

    I struggled with education over the years and had no support from any of the family members – they were in the same position and there was no such thing as getting after school private support, we just didn’t have the money, this was for the rich and we had to get on with it.

    It was only 10 years ago I studied Masters in Medical Education and despite the struggles got on with it and passed. It looks really good on my CV but I am no further in my career and thats fine too because I know what I have to offer to students, staff is more than the Masters ever provided or prepared me for – wisdom/common sense skills that no amount of modern education can ever teach us.

    What was interesting was the belief within our family (and no doubt others) that good education meant the parents had bought us up well and attached was this status and the typical comparison conversation with the aunties:
    ‘my daughter/son got such and such grade and going on to study such and such career’. And when it was anything to being a medical profession – well the heads would swell and everyone in town knew about it.

    There is so much wisdom within us all and it does not come under the umbrella as O’level, A’level, HSC’s, Degrees, Masters or PHD’s. Like the author of this blog I too found inspiration by the work of Serge Benhayon.

  15. I love and appreciate this reality check from Simple Living Global which asks us to look at why we put such focus time & energy into techno. gadgets when we have countless major issues around the world and in every home which represent a huge deficiency of well-being not to mention a lot of suffering.

    What if we made a commitment to consistently spend some quality time with our selves, our family and took the care to be open and honest with people we meet? What might happen if we honestly looked at any escapist activity we may be indulging in?

    What if we went to bed early every night knowing we are getting honest about what is not working? Is it possible that (eventually) the anxiety of knowing we are avoiding and/or adding to the problems would be replaced with a sense of purpose and well-being when we know that how we live is part of the solution; a part of bringing us all out of an invisible impoverishment?

  16. Artificial Intelligence… this speaks for itself to me. Where is the heart in a robot? a screen? the latest phone? where is the sensitivity, the care, the understanding for our friend, neighbour, community… humanity?

    googles description of..
    Artificial – made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally, especially as a copy of something natural.

    Intelligence – The ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.

    So if science is starting to discover ‘that our heart has a form of intelligence and the lab can prove now that the heart sends an impulse before the brain thinks what it thinks’… How far away is this taking us from the unity we crave deep within that would start to heal the disharmony, imbalance and separative-ness so prevalent in our world today?

    Why are we putting our focus on artificial intelligence rather than connecting to our heart where true intelligence is abundant and equal for all and can be brought to our unique skills and abilities?

    1. Ruth, I appreciate your reflections on our choice to shift our focus from living in a way that we can easily access the abundant intelligence of our heart to be more of a focus on artificial intelligence .

      Along these lines I have noticed that mothers can now turn to an App (AI) to get advice on caring for their babies.

      When we are riddled with insecurity because we do not trust ourselves, because we have given our power away to everything outer and have not been nurturing our natural connection to all that we know from inside… this is devastating.

      Is it possible that we have developed an over dependence on technology at the expense of staying in touch with ourselves (and therefore, our babies as well)?

      Is this not a step back from the great science that is our ever truthful body in constant communication with us, us who drive it with or without it’s input?

      This statement is a simple example of the two kinds of intelligence we all know well:
      There will never be an App, book or scientific manual, no matter how well researched, that can take in the smells, sounds and heart-felt feeling of our baby and know just what is needed for that baby in that moment.

  17. I read an article that really gave me pause for thought on the subject of intelligence.

    A gentleman called Peter Godfrey-Smith has written a book about his study of octopuses and it presents some astounding findings. He concludes the octopus to be a highly intelligent creature, despite its intelligence being so far removed from our own. Its 500 million ‘intelligence’ neurons are suffused through its body, not concentrated in its brain. In fact, its body is what gives it sentience.

    Doesn’t this just turn upside down the ‘received wisdom’ about intelligence and the supremacy of the human brain? Doesn’t this open up the possibilities?

    What are our own bodies communicating that we might not have tuned in to yet?

    Here is a review of the book in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/books/review/other-minds-peter-godfrey-smith.html?_r=0

    1. Wow, cool scientific article Jenifer; I have always felt and observed nature to be a naturally Divine teacher, intricately and endlessly reflecting truths about life (in every possible language and variation needed), about the universe, about ourselves and how it all works…

      …so what is the octopus showing us by having its 500 million ‘intelligence’ neurons all throughout its body?

  18. I love science. Physics, chemistry, and biology were my favourite subjects. They explained how the world works. But I recently realised that our science does not talk about the most amazing concept in our lives. The concept of life force. What keeps us alive? What do we lose when we go from living to dying.

    Why has our science, that has produced all the amazing advances in our world, avoid talking about what keeps us alive?
    Many scientists would agree that even with all the knowledge we have we still know very little about how life works.

    So maybe our intelligence needs to be open to another way of being intelligent.
    The state of our world might suggest that our current idea of intelligence is not producing a world that we want.

    1. I like what you say here Ken that maybe our current intelligence is not producing the world that we want.
      Not sure what people want these days as there just seems to be so much choice and what I see on the streets these days is not a great picture postcard –
      Mental health
      Obesity
      Alcohol and drug addiction
      Swearing
      Teenagers smoking
      Kids in pushchairs eating sweets
      Everyone looking exhausted
      People of all ages not walking upright
      That is a snapshot, a microcosm and it is seriously saying we are not doing well.

      So is this the world we have created but not what we truly want?
      My question is how intelligent are we really if this is all going on in our communities?
      No point pretending it isn’t because it is happening and this website alone is showing us some ugly statistics confirming the mess we are currently in as a world.

      I say it’s time we wake up and smell the rot we have a hand in – all of us.
      No point blaming anyone or anything.

    2. Great point Ken, maybe it is time to be pry ourselves away from our current form of intelligence and be open to another way of thinking.

      To me it is clear that the kind of intelligence we have all been relying upon has not created the kind of world we all can say is what we want.

      It makes sense to me to live in a way that sets a social standard or societal environment where people are safe to be sensitive and gentle. We can live in a way that builds a world where we can just be who we are (not play false roles) and really connect to one another.

      My statement below mentions the two kinds of intelligence we all know well:

      There will never be an App, book or scientific manual, no matter how well researched, that can take in the smells, sounds and heart-felt feeling of our baby and know just what is needed from us for that baby at that moment…

  19. I feel that the belief that humans are the most intelligent species on earth has totally restricted our ability to see what is really going on.

    It seems like we just assume that everything that we do is OK, without checking if the outcome is really making a positive overall difference in the world.

    The rising rates of illness and increasing levels of violence in the world should indicate to us that something is wrong. Yes we have produced some amazing things in our world, but is our overall quality of life something that we are proud of?

    I feel everyone deep down knows we are in trouble, but we do not know what to do about it, so we just blindly continue doing what we are doing. I feel it is time to do something truly different.

    Einstein said that you can not change a system with the same knowledge that created it.

  20. Everybody has a natural level of intelligence that we are born with. It is an amazing intelligence when you look at all the things we can do when we are born, and we do not have to learn any of it.

    When I applied to be a substitute at a school, I was asked to write about what I thought education was all about. I feel the role of a teacher is to expose the child to many aspects of life, and then support that child to pursue what interests them. All the reading and writing skills will naturally and easily be learned.

    My son had a computer class when he was 12. The teacher noticed he loved to draw on the computer. This teacher supported my son to work on his own exploring a computer software program. Because of my son’s interest, he basically figured out how to use the software on his own.

    He eventually decided he wanted to do more ‘computer generated images’ stuff and found freelance work when he was in high school. Then figured out how to go to art and design school. Did the application process, figured out the financial stuff, went there, and now has worked in London and Canada on movies like ‘Harry Potter’.

    I feel this process is what true education is all about. Learning about life by experiencing it.

    It is interesting that my son said that he did not really need the degree from the art and design school, he could have found work anywhere in the world with his hands on experience, that was inspired by himself.

  21. The Conversation – 10th April 2017

    Article on the huge increase in the number of students who will graduate from university in China. The figure quoted is, 8 million will graduate in 2017, which is ten times higher than it was in 1997.

    In 1997, higher education in China was something that a rare few, elite had access to but in 1999, the Chinese government brought in a program to ‘massively expand university attendance.’

    Since 2013, it has got harder for graduates to find jobs. Most find work BUT 6 months after graduating 1 in 4 Chinese students have a salary that is below the average salary of a migrant worker.

    The high cost of living is also cited as the cause of graduates living in very poor conditions.

    Three years after graduating the top 15% of graduates in engineering, economics and science earn more than double the average salary of other graduates.

    http://theconversation.com/inside-the-worlds-largest-higher-education-boom-74789

    There can be so much pressure to go to university. When I was 19 I went to university to study a course that in truth I did not really want to do, but because I was comparing myself to a friend I thought this was what I should do. Not long into the course, I felt disappointed and eventually I deliberately did not pass the first year and dropped out.

    After I left university I started working full-time and really enjoyed it. 20 years later I haven’t chosen to study a degree and at this stage in my life have no regrets.

    We most certainly do need specialists and we do need people to study but are we to start questioning more whether we are studying because we really feel this is what we want to do or because we think we should?

    As the author of this blog demonstrates, we are not just intelligent because we get a university degree. True intelligence is much more than that.

  22. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/apr/28/headteacher-and-deputy-send-resignation-letter-to-parents-longparish-primary-school-hampshire

    28 April 2017

    This news story talks about a couple working as headteacher and deputy head who are quitting because they are so disillusioned by the direction of the education policy.

    Is this the start of more of this or are there other teachers who simply have not made the headlines?

    If we laser the story they said the primary curriculum has a ‘narrow’ focus on reading, spelling, grammar and maths. They talk about the increased stress and potential for mental health issues that are the result of placing pressure on young children by these tests.
    Add to all this the government cuts on funding and current government policy they say this is “socially, morally and educationally wrong”.

    There is more but let’s just focus on what has been expressed here.
    Are the parents of this outstanding school going to do something or do nothing?

    We all know that nothing changes if we say nothing and do not make our voice heard.

    So here we have two valued members in our education system given up because of the direction of our education policy.
    So who is accountable?
    Where is the Responsibility
    Who is the current intelligentsia that dictate without looking at the bigger picture?
    Who dictates this kind of world that simply does not work?
    Who are we blaming about all this going on?
    Are we aware that these children are our future adult generations?
    What are we doing to them that mental health issues are prevalent in young children?
    How on earth can we call this Intelligent?
    Where is this Intelligence coming from if this is the harm it is causing?

    Is there another way?
    http://simplelivingglobal.com/is-there-another-way/
    Maybe worth reading our first blog.

  23. I ask do we want intellectual education at any expense, at the expense of emotional and social development & quality of life?

    Referring to the raising of children on ‘screen-time’ and the rise in social media addiction; the ease of the virtual world is a tough competitor for real life once we have become so disheartened…

    …but can technology ever give us the intelligence we really need to live a true life?

    Will it ever be able to substitute the learning and love we get from social interaction let alone being fully engaged in real life ?

    Can social media, in truth, quell the anxiety or inner ache we use it to avoid being aware of?

  24. An article on the BBC Newsbeat, 25th August 2017, talks about how a “celebrity bodybuilder has died aged 46.”

    He collapsed two weeks prior to his death and had to be put into a medically induced coma.

    He had been a bodybuilder since the age of 11 and was competing by age 15. He won the Mr. California title last year as well as various other competitions.

    More controversially, he also described what anabolic steroids he took and how often he took them while other bodybuilders pleaded with him to stop injecting himself.

    He recently admitted to spending thousands of dollars a month on anabolic steroids.

    He said that he took anabolic steroids on and off for over 27 years and advised his followers against the same unhealthy routine while also saying…“But if you want to become a professional bodybuilder, guess what? You’re probably going to have to f***ing do them. You’re not going to have a choice. That’s the boat I was in.”

    He goes on to say, “If you have the choice to do steroids or stay natural, stay natural. There’s no reason to do steroids, you’re only hurting your body and hurting yourself.”

    In an interview with another magazine he talks about how he got hooked the first time he tried steroids, “I actually got pretty dramatic results. That was my first cycle. I have to be honest. The truth is, I was hooked man. I was hooked because my body just grew in front of me. It was growing and my strength was exploding.”

    “I was going to be one of the top bodybuilders of the world and I was not going to stop. I was hooked and I knew I was hooked. At this point, I knew this was all that mattered to me.”

    So what are anabolic steroids?

    Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of the male sex hormone testosterone.

    The proper term for these compounds is anabolic-androgenic steroids.

    ‘Anabolic’ refers to muscle building.
    ‘Androgenic’ refers to increased male sex characteristics.
    A ‘Steroid’ is any of a large class of organic compounds with a characteristic molecular structure containing four rings of carbon atoms. They include many hormones, alkaloids and vitamins.

    Some common names for anabolic steroids are Gear, Juice, Roids and Stackers.

    Health care providers can prescribe steroids to treat hormonal issues and can also treat disease that cause muscle loss, such as cancer or AIDS, but some athletes and bodybuilders abuse these drugs to boost performance or improve their physical appearance.

    People who abuse steroids usually take them orally or inject them into the muscles. These doses may be 10-100 times higher than doses prescribed to treat medical conditions.

    The short-term effects of anabolic steroid abuse may lead to mental problems such as:
    • Paranoid jealousy
    • Extreme irritability
    • Delusions
    • Impaired judgment
    • Extreme mood swings – angry feelings and behaviour that may lead to violence

    The long-term effects of anabolic steroid abuse may lead to serious, even permanent health problems such as:
    • Kidney problems or failure
    • Liver damage
    • Enlarged heart, high blood pressure and changes in blood cholesterol, all of which increase the risk of stroke and heart attack, even in young people.

    Anabolic steroid abuse commonly causes severe acne and it causes the body to swell, especially in the hands and feet.

    Although anabolic steroids do not cause the same high as other drugs, they can lead to addiction

    Here we have a top bodybuilder saying not to follow in his footsteps and use anabolic steroids at the same time saying that ‘if you want to look like me’ you HAVE to use them.

    This is obviously giving a double message to any young impressionable mind.

    What is the drive in us that makes us risk our lives in pursuit of the perfect body?

    Is losing our life worth the risk for the sake of looking good at the beach on in photo’s?

    This bodybuilder was preaching to others, to do what he was not prepared to do, and with the visible and tangible benefits that using anabolic steroids can bring, anyone with the drive to achieve the ‘perfect body’, will no doubt take the risk.

    What sort of intelligence drives us to take such risks with our lives?

    What sort of intelligence is it that knows something is not right but carries on regardless?

    What sort of intelligence puts up with all of the pain and suffering inside just to look good on the outside?

    Is this true intelligence?

  25. As the author of this blog, it feels important to share that I just received a certificate with a grade of A+.
    That means I was able to deliver what I was asked at the highest level – correct?

    Next – it tells me I am entitled to use the letters ‘S.A.C. Dip (Qualitative Research Methodology)’ and I have been entered on to College Guild of Graduates Register.

    All sounds very intelligent to jo public on the street if we ADD the fact that was my 10th Diploma and my age is 55.

    But let’s not forget this person was dismissed at school age for not being able to gain any formal qualifications, that could lead to a decent job.

    Society and the current education system are designed in a way that does not allow for us ALL to be equals. Some of us may be able to study, others not and others may have EQUALLY valuable skills or like myself find a true purpose later in life that leads to studying and finding the whole thing quite easy.

    I know if we do commit to life and see what it is we can offer humanity, then anything is possible.

    Never did I even contemplate or think that I could study at this level and become a prolific writer on health and well being topics that can bring more awareness.

    This website is dedicated to bringing truth to humanity, but once upon a time when I was lost and had no direction in life, I thought that was my lot for life.

    Today I can honestly say my world is forever about learning and understanding and GETTING ON WITH IT.

  26. Listening to an Australian news channel – Australia Plus and hearing about calls to raise the bar in the teaching profession.

    Comparisons being made to Finland where you do a masters degree in teaching and a discussion about how intelligent you need to be to be a teacher. Calls to attract ‘smarter candidates’ to the profession.

    One experienced teacher had a counter view. She said ‘you might be bright at maths but you could be a hopeless communciator’. And she pointed out it is not an easy career, saying it requires a lot more than IQ.

    I’d take this even further. What if the teaching profession is about connecting with kids, above all else. That grades are an irrelevance if you can’t connect and can’t see and draw out a child’s true qualities and potential.

    If that is even in part true, then we have got this ‘smart’ business messed up in our heads and on our priority list.

  27. Why have we made this thing called intelligence?

    So we think somebody is smart and we call them intelligent.

    The word intelligent makes people not only jealous, but compare and want to catch up like ‘I have to do this… I have to do this… I have to do this… I have to be intelligent’.

  28. This is so true Jacob.

    Why have we created a world where most of us are fighting to have letters before and after our name, so we study and study and study to get that PhD or Dr. title.

    I actually know people who have spent years studying, only to end up jobless, have no skills to run a home, lack total responsibility for their lives and who run from any whiff of taking responsibility.

    Could it be possible that those study years are just a waste of time if they produce someone who is unable to live and attend to the basics of life, such as self-care?

  29. The Week – 1 April 2017

    Fish Oil won’t boost baby’s IQ

    Taking fish oil pills during pregnancy is promoted as an easy way to get a smarter child – but it doesn’t work according to a study in Australia.

    After 7 years, researchers tested the children born to these women and found no evidence that taking the supplements had any impact on their intelligence.

    What sort of Intelligence is spending resources to test out stuff like this when a dose of common sense could cut it and save all the time and money and put it to good use as let’s face it, our world is currently in a big mess?

    What we need to ask is WHY do we even want a smarter child?
    Who is this for and WHY?
    Who sets the bar, the notch that says this is smart and this is not?
    What is it about us humans that is putting value into this form of Intelligence?

    As the author of this blog, I would say society confirmed I was not a smart kid because I could not, for personal reasons achieve the ‘qualifications’ that are needed to fit that category.

    Without the need for any supplements, I can now say that at the age of 55 having studied 10 Diplomas, I am no longer ‘not intelligent’ in this world.
    ADD to this – this website with valuable content that is growing daily, I have made my mark that I am not the un-smart child from the past but way beyond all those words that are mere labels.

    What if the current form of Intelligence that we all subscribe to is not it and that there is so much more and one day all of us will know and live by a completely different Intelligence?

    Is this way off and too whacky or is this the Intelligence I am currently choosing that supports me to live opposite to what is popular intelligence today?

  30. Thank you for this magnificent blog on a tremendously important topic.

    I would just like to support the author’s suggestion that there is an intelligence in the heart by sharing a little from my own experience.

    There have been times in my life when my mind has been so, so quiet that I have felt my heart impulse me with heart-thoughts.

    Invariably, these heart-thoughts have simply been the absolute truth of the situation or question at hand.

    This heart-intelligence has always felt truer, more absolute, more gentle and much wiser than the thoughts that come from my head.

    That’s no doubt because heart-intelligence comes from the heart, our source of love.

    I only wish that all my thinking all of the time was from my heart. This is because I know that the greatest form of thinking is love and the more we love, the more intelligent we are.

  31. It is very important to question our current education system and what we herald as intelligence.

    In The Week – 2 December 2017

    They are reporting on a poll by Able Skills/Forbes which found that:

    67% millenials who went to university think they did not benefit from their studies.

    35% wish they hadn’t gone to university.

    48% believe they would now be earning more had they not gone to university.

    Are these statistics telling us something?

  32. This is a bit of Citizen Journalism as I call it – on the street observation and reporting.

    At the launderette over the past few years, I have seen all ages, all different nationalities and be it a man, woman or youth – most people are really clueless about how to wash and dry clothes.

    WHY are we never taught the basics at school?
    WHY does education miss this fundamental aspect of our life that would serve us well in years ahead?
    WHY do we get our mothers to do our ironing when we are grown up adults?
    WHY are we still taking our washing to our parents house as it’s easier than learning?
    WHY are some of us not willing to learn about the basics like cleaning a toilet?

    If we think about it – teaching the basics to our kids mean they have a sense of Responsibility to carry out basic everyday tasks. Growing up this means it is needed and not left to parents to do in the household. Once they leave home they would be equipped and be able to pass on the valuable learning to their children.

    We call ourselves Intelligent but what Intelligence forgets to teach us how to cook, clean, make our bed and do the laundry?

    Is there something fundamentally missing in our education as we champion and ra ra all the other accolades, whilst paying zero attention to the above basic stuff in life?

    This blog and this website are questioning our Intelligence of today.

    What we are all choosing to subscribe to?

  33. An article in The Telegraph, 3rd January 2018, talks about how professional sportspeople will push through any and all pain to achieve their goals.

    A professional cricketer talked about how his shoulder hurts even when he brushes his teeth and that there has not been many occasions, when he has bowled pain free but because he didn’t want to miss a game, he played through the pain.

    Sportspeople are taking pain drugs like ibuprofen at the start of matches just to get through with one saying the doctors are good at putting your welfare first and are always on the cautious side with medication and injuries.

    Mankind champions the fact that we are the most intelligent species on this planet.

    What intelligence lies behind the fact that, even though something can hurt us, we are willing to ignore all the signs our bodies are giving us and hurt it even more?

    What intelligence lies behind the fact that a doctor, another championed intelligent person who knows about the human body and is trained to care for and protect people, allows others to harm themselves in the name of sport?

    Is it possible that we humans are not really the intelligent mighty beings that we think we are?

    Is it possible that we have to truly ask ourselves what sort of intelligence we have, if we are prepared to suffer the many years of pain and discomfort for a few years of recognition?

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