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
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.