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What Is Intelligence?

Marlene Geiser

Posted on August 8, 2018 17:50

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After reading an article written by a fine writer for The Latest, I was inspired to write this article.

We all think that we have the answers to how to deal with what ails us. I just read an article written by a woman who also writes for The Latest, and it inspired me to write the words I will place on this page.

There is a great deal of which we know nothing. An example of our lack of knowledge is whether God does exist at all.

One should consider that many of the people we know believe in prayer, and so I have taken to praying as well.

A long time ago, philosopher Blasé Pascal said something very significant. I will not quote him directly, but the essence of what he wrote was that we should live as though there is a God, bearing in mind that if we discover some day that there is one, we will have made the correct decision.

For most of my life, I have not been a prayer, but problems have occurred that have been extremely difficult for me to handle myself. In light of this dilemma I have had to face, I have attempted to take a different route toward assistance. Thus, I have looked at individuals who sincerely believe in God's existence, and decided to join them.

What reason would make me believe that God doesn't exist at all? Undoubtedly, people have suffered much historically, but that doesn't indicate that there is no God.

One has to wonder whether using the intelligence with which we have been blessed shouldn't bring us closer to accepting the possibility that there may well be a God. Why do things happen the way they do? Are they accidental or God's way of helping us continue to learn as long as we are on the earth?

Perhaps, not unlike Socrates, we must keep questioning what constitutes the truth. His student, Plato, followed in his footsteps and spent his life trying to find it.

It has been said that the philosophical search that has existed throughout the centuries is only a response to Plato's Dialogues.

None of us are able to point directly at something and determine that what we have been told about it is so, or if we will ever be able to recognize what is undeniably the case.

Life as we live it is never entirely clear. But from the place where I find myself, intelligence is indicated when we take the time to pursue what is actually true.

I read recently that the Dalai Lama has written that the only way to discover the truth is to use the mind, and so I am still searching, as so many others have done throughout history.

One never can be sure if they will ever know anything with certainty, but it is the search that matters. One day we may know the answers should we find ourselves in the presence of God.

Marlene Geiser

Posted on August 8, 2018 17:50

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