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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A Challenge to Our Intelligence and Ability to Discern

Write whatever you want. I read them all—whether these are surveys, recipes, birthday missives, ads, news, eulogies, whatnots, and other "out-of-this-world" stuff. I'm a sucker for knowledge. I read, read, and read, analyze, strain, and then keep the stuff I like and put those I dislike somewhere near so I may have them handy in case I'll need them. You will never know.

There was a time when all the writings of Charles Darwin were considered preposterous, atheistic and stupid. Many people looked at him condescendingly, branding him evil. Look at Darwin's writings now. They have long been regarded as one of the greatest foundations of humanity.

What about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung? Many people discredit them, but have the same people actually read their works? Before discrediting something or someone, we must first be sure that we are in a stout position to criticize. Let's read and understand first the work in question or know the author's motivation, or at least be considerably familiar with the person and his work.

Like for instance, don't say you abhor J. K. Rowling for her having written books about witchcraft when in fact you haven't read any Harry Potter book, which teaches so many lessons in growing up and in braving Life itself. And what's wrong with witchcraft, anyway? Isn't this just a part of myth and literature?

"Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood."—Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance," Self-Reliance and Other Essays

Believe me, all humans have the tendency to share what they think and feel, basically because we are naturally gregarious. No person should, indeed, remain an island; for if she chooses to, she loses her sense of community and affinity with society and the world. And, "humankind cannot live without a world."

Take information overload as a challenge to our intelligence and ability to discern. Let us not get accustomed with and lie idly on our own laurels and righteousness. What we thought all along was right and good could, after all, be wrong and bad. To be continually updated is to be continuously undaunted. The battle of good versus evil will always be subjective. There'll always be gray areas in the spectrum of life.

Time has long proven that censorship and curtailing of ideas are not answers to sanitizing the world—because, to begin with, there are no asnwers, for no one can ever sanitize the world.

My deities! How many cultures does the world have; more so, races, peoples, individuals? We can never be united; we can never have one vision and one religion. There can never be only black and white, for even the rainbow has not the capacity to emit all the colors of the universe.

The key to the peace and unity that we are all aiming for is understanding and acceptance—of everyone's idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, and of the diverse bodies of knowledge that we can avail for free.

Broadening our horizons and trying different options which can suit each of our own needs are far better than remaining stagnant and complacent and depriving ourselves of many things worthy of our analysis and understanding.

"What Plato has thought, he may think; what a saint has felt, he may feel; what at any time has befallen any man, he can understand."—Ralph Waldo Emerson, "History," Self-Reliance and Other Essays


  • At Wednesday, November 09, 2005 11:53:00 PM, Blogger vayie said…

    Hahaha! kaya pala kahit yung mga walang ka-kwenta kwentang posts ko ay pinagchachagaan mo rin...

    Anyway, thanks for that eLf. Really.

  • At Monday, November 14, 2005 1:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The real challenge there is not a person's and intelligence and ability to discern, it's a person's disability and apathy to relate.

    The ears are deaf, the mind cannot absorb. The experiences were met and overcome yet, the person refuses to cognitively recognize the triumph of overcoming it.

    I guess it's the emotions that take over.

    "Love breaks the wings on a butterfly on a wheel"---THE MISSION

    skyray is love,

  • At Monday, November 14, 2005 4:17:00 PM, Blogger eLf ideas said…

    Would you believe that I, too, feel the same thing once in a while? I sometimes feel that what I write is useless to many people.

    Although, positive remarks especially from people I don't know always get me back on track. They inspire me so much.

    I'd been reading the comments on your blog site as well, every time I flutter by your site. And, I can see that many people are also relating with what you write. I, too, am one of those.

    Just keep on writing. Don't worry if you feel too absorbed with your own ideas as you start to type in your ideas...actually, that's the way it should begin...most writers are able to express their deepest emotions and ideas because they are absorbed in their own inner worlds.

    I always remember what rain used to tell me: "Write to express, not to impress. When you do that, good impressions will come to you gracefully."

    Keep writing. Let's inspire each other, one another.


  • At Monday, November 14, 2005 4:21:00 PM, Blogger eLf ideas said…

    As always, thank you for showing me the other end of the spectrum.

    Yeah, aside from humankind's intelligence and ability to discern is apathy and the disability to relate and to accept.

    Thanks for your regular comments. They inspire me to analyze life some more, and to try to inspect all the possible corners of every situation.


  • At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 2:27:00 AM, Blogger erika said…

    Hi Elf ...

    what is the purpose of intellect? is it for peace and unity? since we seem to be so far from it, does it mean our intellectual quality is far below our "maximum capacity"? or is there another purpose of intellect ... something overread in the text, or an idea superseded by the next?

    something to ponder about ... or the outline of a new article :)


  • At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 4:13:00 PM, Blogger eLf ideas said…

    You just gave me a problem! Hahaha! Yeah, I haven't thought of that premise while writing this piece.

    I'm realizing now that, yes, if intelligence is indeed the key or path to humankind's improvement of character, then how come we, in a general sense, are still very much way below our imagined greatness?

    Time to ponder about this. I'm sure another blog article merits this idea which you brought up.


    How's Winter there in NZ, by the way? Here, it's lovely...only through the windows. Hehehe.


  • At Saturday, November 19, 2005 2:00:00 AM, Blogger erika said…

    Hi Elf ...

    i'm in the other side of the globe ... the southern side, remember? so it's almost summer time here ... bright, sunny, summer :D

    enjoy the winter ... still got 6 months till that happens down here :P hehehe



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