Good post. And needed! I’d add that intelligence spawns thinking, probably the most dangerous, addictive activity that we engage in (like constantly). We cannot get to wisdom and/or consciousness while thinking. It might even be true to say that we don’t think, but rather thought thinks us. It’s in the driver’s seat. As Tolle says, “What a liberation to realize the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am.” But if we wake up (from the sleep-induced torpor of the constant chatter in our mind), that’s an incredible and revolutionary thing. And then we’ll realize that we don’t need to sit in judgment on those who aren’t able to see the light within themselves. Could be anyone: I’m not going to dump my wife cause she’s in love with Obama.
In a much earlier post Caitlin talked about the evolution of consciousness (if I was better at this, I’d insert it right here). I believe that we are in the midst of an evolutionary leap, one that will move us beyond the thinking-dominated, war-like era that has dominated since civilization began. It is happening right now (witness this group) as more and more human beings awaken and become aware of their true identity.
A step in the direction of wisdom: “Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.” (Eckhart Tolle)