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He who will not reason, is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool;
and he who dares not, is a slave. - William Drummond

Intellectual: True versus Feaux
Some thoughts on the differences

The spiritual intellectual believes in himself, his own rationality, logic and reasoning capability, although he understands his limited perspective, his extensive ignorance, and realizes that temporarily he may not see the truth adequately. The pseudo intellectual really doesn't believe in himself, and needs popularity, needs the approval of the majority, or that afforded by his approved authorities in order to come to his conclusions.

The spiritual intellectual is/has been looking for the right or better questions to ask; the pseudo intellectual is looking to bolster what he claims to be the right answers.

The spiritual intellectual is motivated by a belief in and a love of the truth, believes that knowing the truth always pays off; the pseudo intellectual sees the truth as being more relative, and is interested in seeming to be erudite, or being thought to be right, whether he is or not.

The spiritual intellectual seeks light from whatever source, realizing that ideas are no respecters of persons and turn up in the most unexpected places from the seemingly most improbable people; the pseudo intellectual accepts ideas, when he does, only when it comes in the right form, when it comes from approved experts and specialists and certified authorities.

The spiritual intellectual can advance an hypothesis that he posits may be true; the pseudo intellectual has a tendency to gather prevailing "knowledge" and to propound a dogma that he insists is true.

The spiritual intellectual continually checks the foundation of his system of thinking to see that it is still bearing the weight; the pseudo intellectual assumes the foundation is always sound and continues to build no matter how shaky the structure becomes.

"An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself." - Albert Camus

The spiritual intellectual does due diligence in personally checking and testing the quality and validity of the bricks and mortar he uses to enlarge his belief system; the pseudo intellectual lets other pedigreed authorities do this for him.

The spiritual intellectual has internalized authority and takes full responsibility for his positions and belief system, and believing in his own logic and reason, continually subjects them to these criteria; the pseudo intellectual lets others take responsibility and even lets them override rationality, logic, and reason.

The spiritual intellectual has learned to have a healthy skepticism without letting cynicism derail him into being close minded; the pseudo intellectual has become simultaneously too credulous in some ways and too cynical in others.

The spiritual intellectual has learned to always look to integrate any new material, and to check to see if the paradigm or big picture needs adjusting; the pseudo intellectual filters out valid material that doesn't suit his view, or often has become satisfied to be a mere collector of information.

The spiritual intellectual focuses on the relevant, germane, and crucial information and always looks for the interpretation that has a contribution to the pathway of healing the human condition; the pseudo intellectual does not have this positive agenda and is more interested in gathering knowledge that he can showcase or use for mundane purposes.

The pseudo intellectual is always looking to advance his ranking or climb up in the pecking order; The spiritual intellectual is always looking to advance his understanding and doesn't get involved in the pecking order.

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