Wisdom and the Smartest People Ever

Here is David Prentice writing about wisdom, intelligence, knowledge…and the smartest people ever (LOL):

We value intelligence and knowledge. With good reason.

Intelligent, thoughtful illumination has an uplifting effect on individuals and a civilization. We’ve seen that many times throughout history. The founding of our American Republic is one such stellar example.

Back in the 1980s, I recall someone lamenting how the most qualified and best candidate to never become president was Adlai Stephenson. Certainly, the Democratic Party has been trying since Stephenson to claim the mantle of “intelligent.” Democrats are always the smart ones – smarter, better policies, and as a result morally superior.

Now, it’s hard not to notice that the pinnacle of the left being smarter than everyone came to us with one Barack Obama, with his incredibly über-intelligent, superior group of advisers and administration.

Nobody was ever smarter. Ever.

Except they really weren’t. For smart people, they actually did some of the dumbest things ever in public life. The tragedy of so many believing they were the smartest people ever may haunt us for years.

There is a huge disconnect between the true concept of wisdom and the smartest people ever.

Culturally, valuing knowledge and intellect has three main sources: the Greek philosophers, the Bible, and the Church. There were others, but these three more than any other sources provided the basis for the respect for knowledge and wisdom in our culture. The concept of highly valuing the realm of the mind became imbedded in the West because of them. Jordan Peterson loves to praise how clean our lives are, how things work so well, and how wonderful we have it. He lets us know in so many ways that all this bounty came from our belief system, one where we cherish achievement of thought.

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