I like blogging and learning from all kinds of people out there – and there are many conversations I am yet to have that I don’t have yet (ex: inter-faith discussions). But I think I will become a moderate intellectual.
‘Do all things in moderation’ – I don’t know who said that but they are accurate with those words. I have noticed that becoming too intellectual isn’t helping me a single iota and in some cases I am losing touch with the people around me (we seem to be communicating on various wavelengths). So I have decided this isn’t quite the point of the gospels (or the bible in general) so I will be moderate in this idea.
I am a very researched dude on a lot of subjects and have found that those subjects (and research) do very little for the value system I want to build within my life (ex: developing levels of compassion for the people around me). I figure I am wasting my time on a lot of this study since it’s ‘ends’ have very little to show for it (ie: no value added). So I am a moderate logical person, a moderate rational thinker, a moderate reasonable person, a moderate intellectual.
Cause sometimes real life just defies logic, defies rationale, defies reason, or defies the intellectual aspects of life (or are just greater in weight than they are).
I think the values we pass onto one another just means so much more than anything ‘smart’ we might say. The teachings of Jesus lay down some pretty radical ideas about ‘helping others out’ – none of them being out-smarting the next dude – and a good load of them go against modern ideas of wealth building (or question the what is true wealth? – a poignant question for all of us in Capitalist gov’t’s).
Idea’s like ‘lose your life so you might keep it’ require critical thought but also a detailed action plan. The idea ‘take up your cross and follow me’ is merely a call to action. These ideas redefine known logic. Logic has little to no value ouside of the action it can give? You want to think deeply about something – how about helping the poor within your community? It’s logical, thoughful, and an action packed with meaning (deeper than words can truly convey). It’s one of many avenues one might peruse for helping the ‘least of these’.
It’s like saying ‘blessed are the poor’ and then doing nothing for them. What’s so ‘blessed’ about debating the saying and doing nothing about it? And that seems to be the strength of the gospel (good news) – that logic and reason can help but at some point they can never make you understand it – that which needs life needs the living.
That’s how I became a moderate intellect.