Knowledge is so wide and shallow that it’s many forms of intellectual merit can’t readily be converted into real utility.
Understanding is so concentrated and deep that it offers immense utility.
Knowledgeable people remind me of screeching parrot. They collect simple bits of data and keep telling everyone about it. Knowledge is just base memorization and is devoid of any real labor of thinking. A knowledgeable mind may become 'smart' but never gain entry to the club of Intelligence.
Wit is the ugliest way to wield your intelligence, it signifies the lowest hanging fruit on the intellectual tree.
Knowledge is random access memory.
Shrewdness the memory bus speed.
Intelligence is the solid state drive.
Spirit the user of this computer.
God is the network.
After knowledge has been used to forge understanding, you can let it go. Carrying around a large convoluted bag of knowledge is an embarrassment. The fact that so many people are guilty of dragging around major intellectual baggage and also smugly proud of it, confirms that they are lacking intelligence. They remind me of those folks who take some pitiful pleasure in accumulating a fanatical collection of rocks, stamps or coins, except in this case it is a non-physical kind of collection.
Learning is like breathing in.
Unlearning is like breathing out.
Your faculty of intelligence will only keep what is important, what matters.
If you choose to stop learning or if you can't find a way to unlearn,your consciousness soon suffocates.
Your eternal soul has access only to accrued intelligence, upon death all the countless strands of knowledge will vanish as you ascend into finer levels of life.
While the fool is trying to “grow up”
the sage is trying to “grow down”.
Knowledge is like a treadmill, you may feel like you're walking briskly but you're not going anywhere. The intelligent are looking for more than knowledge, they prefer understanding which demands a rigorous process of throwing out all the superfluous knowledge. The reward for this intellectual rigor, is the lightening of the load on yourself and a newfound ability to attain easy progress.
Intelligence is an antidote to distraction: you can easily recognize what is meaningless.
Intelligence is a way of seeing things from more than one perspective. The more perspectives that you can simultaneously appreciate, the more intelligent you are. The value of seeing that same thing from multiple perspectives is gathering a understanding of what is wholly irrelevant to your intended use of the object.
Every job will be difficult until you find the right tool.
'Easy' is using the right tool.
If you wish to take your intelligence to a higher level, spend some time alone, grant yourself some time for your consciousness to reflect on all that it has accrued in its intellectual data bank. Contemplation doesn't necessitate a captain, no rigor of consciousness is called for. Given enough time and mental space, your intelligence will automatically sort through that haphazard pile of intellectual complexity that is piled up in every corner of your mind. The prescription for obesity of the mind is simple: many cups of time but only if that time is spent alone.
Dumb people simply “know what they know”.
Smart people at least “know that there’s more to know”
Intelligent people are humbled by the realization that they “don’t know what they don’t know”.
It's so easy to get lost in the maze. You need to keep reminding yourself of the original intention which inspired you to enter the maze in the first place.
Most people spend an inordinate amount o their time building something that will ultimately award them a worthless prize. Build something worth building. Identify a prize that stirs your spirit so much that you can't help but take immediate action. Swiftness of action shows that the many insecurities of your mind were easily overcome by spirit alone.
As the magnitude of your intelligence grows, you will tend to become more anti-social.
You’ll prefer your own company over that of others. In other words, most people are mindless morons.
Tesla didn't spend his spare hours at the pub.
Newton didn't walk around the university grounds looking to "hang up" with others.
Einstein was more interested in taking a long bath to contemplate, rather than take visitors.
These great souls were not in love with their own mind, they were being allured by something hiding beyond their own mind.
Schooling is designed to make you 1) dumb and 2) compliant. That way you are useful to the culture at large, but not yourself. School is a tool to make you into a tool. To free yourself from being used by greater institutions, become a student of philosophy, think only about how to think. The very first school in this world was a philosophical school, it shall always be the only true kind of school. All other schools are trying to tell you what to think and not how to think.
Intelligence is about zooming out. Its about understanding what all these little bits of knowledge actually mean TOGETHER wholistically. It is the process of intellectual conciliation, detecting a connecting thread running through what would initially seem to be disparate parts.
To know something is simply to be aware of it. INTELLECT.
To understand something is to know ‘how’ it works. INTELLIGENCE.
To philosophize is understand ‘why’ it works that way. APPRECIATION.
You can “know” a word.
You can “understand” that word’s concept.
You can “philosophize” why that concept has utillity.
Intellect is your collection of knowledge.
Intelligence is your collection of understanding.
Appreciation is your collection of philosophy.
Stop distracting yourself from the thinking.
The most important thing to do is to figure out what is the most important thing to do.
Intelligence can be reliably measured by counting how many intellectual disagreements an individual has with the tenets of their own culture.
THE LIFE OF A KNOWLEDGEABLE MAN:
“I thought I was smart… and then I died”
THE LIFE OF AN INTELLIGENT MAN:
“I thought I was dumb…. and then I died”.
The difference was intellectual humility.
The similarity was mortality.
One man lied to himself before he died, the other didn’t.
DUMB people know that they are dumb.
SMART people DON’T know that they are dumb.
INTELLIGENT people know that they are dumb.
Everyone’s dumb, it just that one segment of society,
those deep in the toil of their own intellectual development,
are so blinded that don’t realize just how dumb they still are.
Later on they’ll realize that for every question they answer,
there’s a thousand other questions remaining unanswered.
The cynical person is usually right, the optimist only occasionally. Smart people tend to be a little dark, while idiots are about as bright as the sun in their general demeanour. There’s something worse than being a desert of pure sunniness and that’s holding pride in your own optimism, that’s a tell-tale sign that you’re an idiot.
4TH RUNG: AWARE & OUTSPOKEN
3rd RUNG: AWARE & RETICENT
2ND RUNG: IGNORANT & RETICENT
1st RUNG: IGNORANT & OUTSPOKEN
When you can easily resist the strong pull of consensus of all of those around you, then you’ve proven to yourself that your mind is finally yours.
ADVICE TO A BOY
Best to say nothing,
no matter how perfect the words you’ve formed in your head seem to be,
than to announce to everyone your naivety for no real pressing reason.
ADVICE TO A MAN
Best say something,
no matter how imperfect the words you’ve in your head seem to be,
if you know in your heart that you’re likely to be the person in the room with the least youthful affliction of naivety.
Immature intellect: “x is better than y”
Complex intellect: “here’s why y can be better than x”
Mature intellect: “x is better than y”
Smartness is a period of madness in which your own smugness of intellect obscures all the simple truths.
Most people feel like a fraud most of the time.
Some people are just better at hiding it than others.
Don’t buy the pretence, they’re all imposters.
Do your own thinking.
Because the experts aren’t as expert as they seem.
I’d prefer an assistant who is dumb and knows they are dumb, than an assistant who demonstrated a default manner of acting “shrewdly”. Shrewd operators are a danger to themselves and others. Shrewdness tends to turn a blind eye to ethics. Shrewd characters can be highly effective if you’re willing to sacrifice all manner of process for the sake of an end. Shrewd minds are far too pragmatic and usually lack an ability to appreciate the “bigger picture”. Shrewdness can lead you down a path that can then take years to undo.
The wisest people think of themselves as fools.
The smartest people have realized just how dumb they are.
The strongest people are aware of their weaknesses.
Knowledge is crystalized from a process of memorization.
Understanding is crystalized from a process of observation.
Philosophy is crystalized from a process of contemplation.
Befriend those who are more interested in observing than simply memorizing.
Maintain the friendship if the person then also shows a tendency to contemplate what they’re observed.
Have you ever noticed that it’s the dumbest people who talk to the most?
The proclivity to engage in idle banter is inversely proportional to a person’s level of intellectual sophistication.
There’s 2 types of people in this world:
Wisdom is the opening of the mind to the vast space that permeates our existing framework of understanding
Judgment is a simple comparison of the present to what you’ve known in the past. Thinking is considering at least 2 different ideas in your head at the same time, you watch in your mind as they battle it out. Great thinkers can even see 5 competing ideas go to war inside their mind until a winner emerges from this confrontation on the mental battlefield. Thinking is a competition of opposing intellectual forces where supremacy is eventually forged by merit alone. That makes thinking hard: when compared to the ease found in lazy judgment.
Wit is the chief tool employed by people who aren’t patient enough to untangle any wisdom of their own.
The people who can’t readily access their own personal store of intelligence are relegated to the habit of trying to be witty.
If people say “you’re so witty”, realise that means you’re one step above dumb. There are many levels above wit.
Find a lover worth all the trouble.
Find a project worth all the trouble.
Find a car worth all the trouble.
Find a holiday destination worth all the trouble.
Find a ‘X’ worth all the trouble.
There should be evidence of ample benefit before you volenteer personal responsibility.
Zachary Ziamus is a lover of truth. He is 46 years old and lives in Brisbane, Australia.
For 30 years he has been writing aphorisms that he refers to as "observations of life".
The short format style of his writing is often preferred by modern people with busy lives.
1994 - professional psychic as a teenager
1997 - known for a bestselling audio course on psychic development
2000 - founder of PSYCHIC magazine
2007 - retired to focus on his great work (make verifiable spiritual discoveries)
2017 - president of the World Psychic Organization, visit psychic.org
2019 - invented stock market algorithm on 9 technical indicators: pool.com.au
2021 - launched keyofkeys.com for those interested in following his work