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.
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.