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    Does an Intellectual Life Endanger Peace of Mind?

    Does an Intellectual Life Endanger Peace of Mind?

    Few individuals discover and display a talent, a personal resonance that can truly excite public appreciation. Those who do display such a resonance are truly rewarded. However, I am not particularly interested in those few but I am interested in considering all the rest of us who have resonances (talents?) and especially all those that remain undiscovered by ourselves.

    I am of the opinion that we all have a number of personal resonances (talents?) that if discovered give great emphasis to our life’s satisfaction. Those individuals who discover and exploit such a personal resonance can find great self-satisfaction. If that particular resonance strikes a social resonance then the accompanying social display of appreciation can add to the personal satisfaction to the individual.

    I think a successful artist is a good example of what I speak. The singing artist who happens not only to discover a particular musical talent and, if that talent is in accord with a public musical taste, that individual would reap great personal and economic satisfaction. The actor or painter, or any of many possible talents that are appreciated by the public would serve as examples of what I mean by resonance.

    It seems that society and all its institutions are focused upon making everyone of us efficient producers and consumers. Nothing prepares us for self-discovery when such discovery is not supportive of a drive to produce and consume. I think that most social pressure from birth to death is directed at the drive to make us effective producers and consumers.

    I chose to use the word “resonance” rather than talent because I think our sense of the meaning of the word “talent” will distort the point I wish to make. “Talent” is such a ‘produce and consume’ word. In fact we have little vocabulary available when discussing what I mean.

    At mid-life when our career ambitions dim and our family are cared for is the time that is available to us to begin to de-emphasize the world of ‘production and consumption’ and begin exploring the world of the intellect directed as an end-in-itself’. Our intellects have been so totally directed as a means to an end that we will have some difficulty thinking of knowledge and understanding that is considered as an end-in-itself.

    Our first encounter with resonance, as the word is normally used, might have been when we first discovered on the playground swing that a little energy directed in synchronization with the swing’s resonant frequency would produce outstanding movement. What a marvelous discovery. We might make similar marvelous discoveries if we decide, against all that we have learned in the past, that the intellect can be used as an end-in-it-self.

    I also think that if a person reaches mid-life without having begun an intellectual life that person will be unlikely to begin such a life. It appears to me that if we do not start such an effort before mid-life we will never have an intellectual life. After our school daze are over it might be wise for a person to begin the cultivation of intellectual curiosity even though there may not be a lot of time available for that hobby.

    Get a life—get an intellectual life!

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    most people see the word intellectual as wordy nonsense, head full of words and no meaning, expression/passion!? actually intellect should be seen as the means of actual change/choice!? in (inner) tel (telling) lect (election) inner telling election=intellect!? so what's the problem generally!? peoples emotional state!? without a cooperative emotional state, the intellect is MISINFORMED!? and with a totally uncooperative emotional state, the intellect will function only as a negative reinforcing factor!? intellect is dependent on the emotional state for it's informational operation!?
    another clarification is that emotions have gotten such a bad rap that they have been separated from what would be said as 'normal' for clarities sake!? clarity IS an emotion, usually wrongly attributed to the intellect!? the 2 different definitions/ approaches come from the disciplines of secular and religious origin!?
    can an intellectual life endanger peace of mind!? yes it can!? primarily because of the misinformation that can be generated from unclear states of emotion!? you can convince yourself of anything using the intellect as a trusted advisor!? intellect follows the will of emotion!? you could say with emotional clarity, intellect is your friend, without it, it is your enemy!? the strange thing about emotion is that it is a telling, a seeing, a hearing, all at the same time!? it is a KNOWING!? it is complete in itself!? you could say that society is separated by those who have sufficient clarity and those that dont!? generally speaking, those that see clearly have actual possibilities to explore while those that dont see clearly only explore illusions!? although due to the power of deceptive emotions, the illusions seem completely real!? this incompatibility with clarity makes most normal associations impossible!? and like anything else human, this is displayed/experienced in different degrees!? another important point about the emotion of clarity is that once realized, it is automatically dominant!? it is elected without resistance!? so this brings up the question of realization/election!? the most important process in the mindstate of man!? what techniques/chemicals can be implemented to enhance/allow the realization of clarity of mind!? the key to the realm of real possibilities!? i find the creation of virtual sensual worlds by electronics to have the most life changing potential for the masses!? although i could not recommend the public have unrestricted access to such technology!? just like they should not have unrestricted access to any form of mind altering substances!?because the tendency of the unrestricted public is to abuse!?
    for the sake of 'clarity' i should also mention that using the word clarity to describe real possiblities/realities is in no way the same as the 'real thing' so to speak!? 'clarity' is the underlying state of man that is shrouded by deceptive emotions like putting on a translucent glove!? because of this, the deceptive emotions become real!? they become YOUR 'clarity'!?............I KNOW THAT'S RIGHT!? :freak3: :spin2: :
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    I would say that an individual seeking to develop an intellectual life would after their school daze are over spend at least seven hours a week reading what I would call disinterested knowledge. After reaching mid-life that study time would increase to about 15 hours a week. After reaching 65 that time would increase to maybe 20 hours a week.

    I would call this effort self-actualizing self-learning.

    I am a retired engineer with a good bit of formal education and twenty five years of self-learning. I began the self-learning experience while in my mid-forties. I had no goal in mind; I was just following my intellectual curiosity in whatever direction it led me. This hobby, self-learning, has become very important to me. I have bounced around from one hobby to another but have always been enticed back by the excitement I have discovered in this learning process. Carl Sagan is quoted as having written; “Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.”

    I label myself as a September Scholar because I began the process at mid-life and because my quest is disinterested knowledge.

    Disinterested knowledge is an intrinsic value. Disinterested knowledge is not a means but an end. It is knowledge I seek because I desire to know it. I mean the term ‘disinterested knowledge’ as similar to ‘pure research’, as compared to ‘applied research’. Pure research seeks to know truth unconnected to any specific application.

    I think of the self-learner of disinterested knowledge as driven by curiosity and imagination to understand. The September Scholar seeks to ‘see’ and then to ‘grasp’ through intellection directed at understanding the self as well as the world. The knowledge and understanding that is sought by the September Scholar are determined only by personal motivations. It is noteworthy that disinterested knowledge is knowledge I am driven to acquire because it is of dominating interest to me. Because I have such an interest in this disinterested knowledge my adrenaline level rises in anticipation of my voyage of discovery.

    We often use the metaphors of ‘seeing’ for knowing and ‘grasping’ for understanding. I think these metaphors significantly illuminate the difference between these two forms of intellection. We see much but grasp little. It takes great force to impel us to go beyond seeing to the point of grasping. The force driving us is the strong personal involvement we have to the question that guides our quest. I think it is this inclusion of self-fulfillment, as associated with the question, that makes self-learning so important.

    The self-learner of disinterested knowledge is engaged in a single-minded search for understanding. The goal, grasping the ‘truth’, is generally of insignificant consequence in comparison to the single-minded search. Others must judge the value of the ‘truth’ discovered by the autodidactic. I suggest that truth, should it be of any universal value, will evolve in a biological fashion when a significant number of pursuers of disinterested knowledge engage in dialogue.

    At mid-life many citizens begin to analyze their life and often discover a need to reconstitute their purpose. Some of the advantageous of this self-actualizing self-learning experience is that it is virtually free, undeterred by age, not a zero sum game, surprising, exciting and makes each discovery a new eureka moment. The self-actualizing self-learning experience I am suggesting is similar to any other hobby one might undertake; interest will ebb and flow. In my case this was a hobby that I continually came back to after other hobbies lost appeal.

    I suggest for your consideration that if we “Get a life—Get an intellectual life” we very well might gain substantially in self-worth and, perhaps, community-worth.

    I have been trying to encourage adults, who in general consider education as a matter only for young people, to give this idea of self-learning a try. It seems to be human nature to do a turtle (close the mind) when encountering a new and unorthodox idea. Generally we seem to need for an idea to face us many times before we can consider it seriously. A common method for brushing aside this idea is to think ‘I’ve been there and done that’, i.e. ‘I have read and been a self-learner all my life’.

    I am not suggesting a stroll in the park on a Sunday afternoon. I am suggesting a ‘Lewis and Clark Expedition’. I am suggesting the intellectual equivalent of crossing the Mississippi and heading West across unexplored intellectual territory with the intellectual equivalent of the Pacific Ocean as a destination.

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    a lewis and clarke adventure can end in disaster!? better to have/seek a guide!? but there in lies the problem!? we are do it yourselfers!? either out of necessity/desperation or egotistical driven ideas of grandeur/achievement!? and so the whole business of selling knowledge to the masses has arisen, as if any such process can produce a general/great societal improvement!? :freak3: :judges::
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    Quote Originally Posted by lexx View Post
    a lewis and clarke adventure can end in disaster!? better to have/seek a guide!? but there in lies the problem!? we are do it yourselfers!? either out of necessity/desperation or egotistical driven ideas of grandeur/achievement!? and so the whole business of selling knowledge to the masses has arisen, as if any such process can produce a general/great societal improvement!? :freak3: :judges::
    My guides are many of the greatest thinkers in history.

    I think of my self as one of a few riders trying to turn the stampeding herd before it reaches the cliffs ahead while in the rear of the herd are thousands of riders shouting and shooting trying to drive the herd ever faster forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coberst View Post
    My guides are many of the greatest thinkers in history.

    I think of my self as one of a few riders trying to turn the stampeding herd before it reaches the cliffs ahead while in the rear of the herd are thousands of riders shouting and shooting trying to drive the herd ever faster forward.
    apparently the great thinkers of the past believed the same thing!? :freak3: :judges: :
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    Quote Originally Posted by lexx View Post
    apparently the great thinkers of the past believed the same thing!? :freak3: :judges: :
    I don't think so. This attitude began, I think, at the end of the 100 years of "peace" that ended in 1914. With the exception of the American Civil War there existed during this period a world free of great wars.

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    well, i dont actually know who you consider the great thinkers!? i might add that thinking to me is not a goal!? to go beyond thought to pure experience would seem the worthy aspiration!? this takes place emotionally!? thought ,to me, is the result of consciousness touching on unconsciousness!? in other words, all thought is unconscious!? caused by unconsciousness!? so to me, the great thinkers would be those that seek to use thought to cancel itself!? be unnecessary!? gestalt!? the only example i can think of off hand for the relegation of thought to the waste bin that all people can experience is the sex act completion!? the orgasm!? there is a flow of life, beyond words, that has no end!? can the intellectual approach lead to the fathomless mind!? maybe it can!? but it is a slow and uncertain approach!? and probably tends to an accumulation of dialog ever more complex!? thus the likely/possible loss of peace of mind!? especially when suddenly confronted by emotional realities beyond it's control!? now as long as i can forget completely what i just said......i'm safe!?:freak3: :smurf: :
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