Intellectual capacity and the lack of morality

Not that learning is to be despised, but that it must be allied to goodness. Intellectual capacity is sometimes found associated with the meanest moral character—with abject servility to those in high places, and arrogance to those of low estate. A man may be accomplished in art, literature, and science, and yet, in honesty, virtue, truthfulness, and the spirit of duty, be entitled to take rank after many a poor and illiterate peasant.

– George Herbert

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I feel an inner urge to express what I see, to communicate and share with others all these impressions. Often the things I see are there, not yet manifest, but waiting... to be observed, talked about, and embraced. These new insights need another approach, a more vivid curiosity... Due to fear and prejudice we prefer to see only "the official" truth - but THE OFFICIAL TRUTH IS DEAD - being dead, it has nothing to give... We can continue pretending Death is fascinating or... we can take the trouble to LIVE... THE NEW has no definition yet... Again, IT requires another "perception", the courage to apprehend everything differently, from a totally new angle, with new confidence and inquisitive touch. This blog is not about interesting concepts, it is about participation... finding new solutions, inspiration, togetherness.

5 Responses to Intellectual capacity and the lack of morality

  1. I have no objections. I do agree. Knowledge should and can be used for good. Message received loud and clear. No apparently vague or uncertain terms or misinterpretations.

  2. However, is learning not also the path to gain an insight into morals? So without a binding curriculum, which would mean the end of intellectual freedom, and thus a rigorous sequence of what to learn when, morals/ethics cannot be drummed into a person. And since everyone learns everything at different speeds, some never learn about nuclear physics, others never about morals.

    • julienmatei says:

      Nuclear physics without a healthy counterpart in morals has created the atomic bomb – it is pretty obvious…

      Unfortunately – learning as it is taught today, not only that it doesn´t comprise, but almost excludes a healthy insight into ethics…

      Of course, no true morals – and for that matter, nothing of value – can ever be “drummed” into anyone, but rather insufflated – so to say. Inspired. Etymologically, education means to awaken the student from inside out…

      This may sound utopian, but education should alongside with the process of learning concomitantly deal with ethics and overarching human values.

      And the school system should implement this soon if we want to stand a chance to veritable progress.

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