He who will not reason, is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool;
and he who dares not, is a slave. - William Drummond
Intellectual: True versus Feaux
Some thoughts on the differences
The spiritual intellectual believes in himself, his own rationality,
logic and reasoning capability, although he understands his limited
perspective, his extensive ignorance, and realizes that temporarily he may not see the truth
The pseudo intellectual really doesn't believe in himself,
and needs popularity, needs the approval of the majority, or that afforded
by his accepted authorities in order to come to his conclusions.
The spiritual intellectual is/has been looking for the right or better questions to ask.
intellectual is looking to bolster what he claims to be the right answers.
The spiritual intellectual is motivated by a belief in and a love of the
truth, believes that knowing the truth always pays off.
The pseudo intellectual
sees the truth as being more relative, and is interested in seeming to be
erudite, or being thought to be right, whether he is or not.
The spiritual intellectual seeks light from whatever source, realizing that ideas
are no respecters of persons and turn up in the most unexpected places
from the seemingly most improbable people.
The pseudo intellectual accepts ideas only when they come
in the right form, when they come from approved experts and specialists and certified authorities.
The spiritual intellectual can advance an hypothesis that he posits may be true.
pseudo intellectual has a tendency to gather prevailing "knowledge" and
to propound a dogma that he insists is true.
The spiritual intellectual continually checks the foundation of his
system of thinking to see that it is still bearing the weight.
pseudo intellectual assumes the foundation is always sound and continues
to build no matter how shaky the structure becomes.
"An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself."
- Albert Camus
The spiritual intellectual does due diligence in personally checking and
testing the quality and validity of the bricks and mortar he uses to
build or enlarge his belief system.
The pseudo intellectual lets other pedigreed
authorities do this for him.
The spiritual intellectual has internalized authority and takes full
responsibility for his positions and belief system, and believing in his
own logic and reason, continually subjects them to these criteria.
intellectual lets others take responsibility and even lets them override
rationality, logic, and reason.
The spiritual intellectual has learned to have a healthy skepticism
without letting cynicism derail him into being close minded.
The pseudo intellectual
has become simultaneously too credulous in some ways and too cynical in others.
The spiritual intellectual has learned to always be looking to integrate any
new material, and to check to see if the paradigm or big picture needs
The pseudo intellectual filters out valid material that doesn't
suit his view, or often has become satisfied to be a mere collector of information.
The spiritual intellectual focuses on the relevant, germane, and crucial
information and always looks for the interpretation that has a
contribution to the pathway of healing the human condition.
intellectual does not have this positive agenda and is more interested
in gathering knowledge that he can showcase or use for mundane purposes.
The spiritual intellectual is always looking to advance his understanding
and doesn't get involved in hierarchy or pecking order.
The pseudo intellectual is always looking to advance
his ranking or climb up in the pecking order.