Intelligence Is A Function of Experience


noun:  the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills

       I have a home that planes fly over.  Literally, right over my house…all day.  I don’t mind though.  I wonder where all those people are going, and why?  I imagine they are going to every continent on earth for reasons I can’t even imagine.  China on business.  France for vaca.  Africa, missionary work?  Maybe they are going someplace new.  Or someplace familiar.  Traveling for a funeral, or a wedding, or to learn something.  I believe any experience leads to learning which makes you more intelligent.

       When I was younger I would lay in the grass in my backyard well after sunset and watch the beeping red lights cross the darkened sky.  I wondered then too, where was everyone going?  We only took one family vacation as I was growing up.  There was never “extra” money for summer vacations.  I always felt left out…and I dreaded the first days back at school when the teacher would inevitably ask “What did you do this summer”?  I never fully admitted to “playing in the sprinkler”.

       When I go out or talk to people now, mostly everyone is down.  Depressed about politics or finances or their family or their health.  Which can be really depressing.  I think most people I know lack discipline.  They don’t want to learn something new…which can be very optimistic.  But they don’t want to do the work.  I say “Everything is Work”.  Work is work.  Relationships are work.  Kids are work.  A house is work.  Life is work.  You are either digging a hole or building a ladder, but it’s all work.  Your life’s experiences are what make you intelligent.  I’m going to do the work and plan a trip and get on an airplane and learn something new.  I kind of like that about myself…acquiring new experiences.  Being intelligent.

“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea,

never regains its original dimensions.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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