How To Level Up From Intelligent To GENIUS
Disclaimer: I’m not religious, and like any reasonable person I’m skeptical of any claims that can’t be backed with evidence. Any reference I make to religious ideas or stories is on the level of metaphor and functionality, not science.
(BTW science wasn’t even around when these stories were written, so to put a blanket over them as "false" and useless doesn’t make any sense unless you’re a fragile dogmatic atheist who feels threatened by their utility lmao.)
Adam and Eve eating from the tree and becoming self-conscious has strange parallels to childhood. At some point, you suddenly become aware that you’re naked – so to speak – and that you need to act in particular ways to protect yourself. You become aware of the future, and of your identity, and of your reputation – and all of those things burden you and place a filter over the way that you think and act. You can no longer be free and spontaneous – there is too much to worry about. You’ve left paradise, and I think the purpose of your entire life is to return – that is, to regain the open spirit and spontaneity of a child.
The whole becoming self-conscious thing it seems to me is necessary because children are fundamentally useless. They’re cute and all, and creative as hell, but they have no skills and no real way of contributing anything of value to society – so they need to work and develop themselves into something skilled that can ensure the continuation of the human race.
Most people do that, but hardly anybody goes past that and returns to the open creative state of the child – which seems to me to be the pinnacle of human existence. Being conventional and intelligent is cool, but being creative and intuitive with your hard earned understanding of the world is how you become a master. That’s when you go from cog in the machine to a creative, revolutionary genius.
Knowledge and skill alone isn’t enough, but conversely neither is creativity and spontaneity. You need both. Fuse the intuitive with the rational – that’s how you become a benevolent force in this world, and how you contribute your greatest good to humanity.
Listen to me talk about this idea here:
All of my writing revolves around the question of what it takes to live the most fulfilling life possible, and so far the answer seems to be a combination of freedom, creativity, and busting your ass on behalf of the good for your community.
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One last thing: Over a period of at least 10 years I pieced together a philosophy that governs optimized practice and long term growth. So if you’re interested in ideas like optimized learning, mastery, discipline and creativity – you should DEFINITELY read this.
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