Two Kinds of Intelligence

Jalaluddin Rumi

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There are two kinds of intelligence: one acquired,
as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts
from books and from what the teacher says,
collecting information from the traditional sciences
as well as from the new sciences.


With such intelligence you rise in the world.
You get ranked ahead or behind others
in regard to your competence in retaining
information. You stroll with this intelligence
in and out of fields of knowledge, getting always more
marks on your preserving tablets.


There is another kind of tablet, one
already completed and preserved inside you.
A spring overflowing its springbox. A freshness
in the center of the chest. This other intelligence
does not turn yellow or stagnate. It's fluid,
and it doesn't move from outside to inside
through conduits of plumbing-learning.


This second knowing is a fountainhead
from within you, moving out.

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  • chipothelma

    Wow, just wow. Rumi has done it again with "Two Kinds of Intelligence". His words about the two different types of wisdom in our lives just hits different. It resignates on so many levels. It makes you think about how we learn and how we grow from within. Another masterpice by Rumi, and just love how he always makes me think deeper than I normally do. He's a legend, no argue.