Monday, November 3, 2008

Intelligence Directly Proportional to Pain

"Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point."

~Arthur Schopenhauer
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khany said...

the observation is unusual and it seems quite amazing since correlation seems to be quite general.

but it nagged me.
and i wonder what you think after watching this:

Saira Andleeb said...

It nagged me too, still nags me. And the video made me nag more :P

khany said...

the perquisites of "scientific mind" :D

Saira Andleeb said...

This quote and the video make perfect sense to me ... and i wanted to write something about the correletion but im going through that phase where i dont feel like writing anything :S ... :) ... i stil have to write my analysis of the painting "the kiss" too and that Buddha piece on Isbah's blog ... :) ... soon insha'Allah.

Saira Andleeb said...

....I feel this should be added to the thread too:

"Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life." ~Lord Byron

Saira Andleeb said...

For more nagging <:P>:

Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.

~Simone Weil

khany said...

in deed, sorrow is knowledge. however, knowledge is not sorrow since joy too is knowledge.

therefore i sincerely doubt that the most knowledgeable are also the most mournful. with knowledge comes understanding, with understanding comes trust, and with trust are associated both reliance and peace.

i am quite convinced, in fact, that chronic mournfulness is deeply rooted in an ultimate lack of knowledge and consequent hopelessness.

khany said...

another interesting video that explores a connection between intelligence (creativity/genius) and pain (mental suffering). and it offers, in my opinion, an excellent remedy. the speaker elizabeth gilbert calls it a new way to think about creativity.