Amore e pianto, vivono accanto

Two Kinds of Intelligence


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 the chest. This other intelligence
does not turn yellow or stagnate. It’s fluid,
and it doesn’t move from outside to inside
through conduits of plumbing-learning.

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

Rumi

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5 responses

  1. Liked what the image evoked in my depth…
    &the info. is so true

    February 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    • thank you, love Rumi and Hafiz poetry 🙂
      you are wonderful poet, hopefully i can get some quiet time soon to write more also
      thank you, Happy Friday !

      February 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      • thanks…you too have a calm weekend

        February 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

  2. This is what i try to tell my so called “smart kids”.
    Book knowledge means nothing if you can’t think for your self.
    My grandfather knew so much yet he never went to school
    one of the best teachers I have had

    I love your blog. it makes me happy

    February 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm

  3. thank you
    please visit often, you make me smile
    glad you enjoy my blogs, inspires me to keep on 🙂

    February 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm

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