Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Two Kinds of Intelligence

Midway Geyser Basin Grand Prismatic Yellowstone National Park


There are two kinds of intelligence: one acquired,
as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts
from books and from what the teacher says,
collecting information from the traditional sciences
as well as from the new sciences.

With such intelligence you rise in the world.
You get ranked ahead or behind others
in regard to your competence in retaining
information. You stroll with this intelligence
in and out of fields of knowledge, getting always
more marks on your preserving tablets.

There is another kind of tablet, one
already completed and preserved inside you.
A spring overflowing its springbox. A freshness
in the center of your chest. This other intelligence
does not turn yellow or stagnate. It’s fluid,
and it does not move from outside to inside
through the conduits of plumbing-learning.

This second knowing is a fountainhead
from within you, moving out.

—Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

2 comments:

Bonnie said...

truth always shines as beauty ... thanks dan!

Dan Gurney said...

Bonnie, you're welcome. Thanks for stopping by. I loved your post today.