Wisdom vs. Intelligence

  • Wisdom vs. Intelligence

    Posted by Craig Matheson on March 10, 2023 at 4:47 pm

    Wisdom vs. Intelligence

    Yoda versus Vader is a great debate:

    Who’s of more true power in the end?

    Was it the Jedi Master?—while more sedate

    Or was it Darth (the Sith Lord)?—once a friend.

    Vader (once Anakin) was in a spot,

    so troubled by his past and future,

    thinking it was noble, he hatched a plot

    with Sidious — his Dark Side smoocher.

    Anakin (or Vader) was more of spite,

    and went on to resent his Master,

    whereas Yoda aligned with ‘force’-filled light,

    and struggled to lessen disaster.

    It can be said that Yoda aged wise,

    where Darth grew intelligently deranged;

    while the stodgier Yoda gave little surprise,

    Anakin fell ‘darthly’ once estranged.

    Archnemesis tales are fuelled by unease,

    of clashing dual force in time;

    there’s the strife of Moses-n-Rameses,

    their pursuits’ for what’s Divine.

    Then, the Lord of the Rings to hold it all,

    intelligently so worn for control,

    but thence to slip it off in facing its call,

    took real wisdom, and tested soul.

    As well can be spotted to exist in nature

    — from the serpent to the wise old owl

    — where the scorpion and frog had settled a wager,

    it was intelligence that led it afoul.

    In there, the scorpion embodied intelligence

    by tricking the frog so positively;

    wiser at first … Hops ‘frogged’ any sense,

    and the mania killed them causatively.

    Do not all earthly creatures understand:

    “I think therefore I am?”

    René Descartes, this quoted man,

    echoing through time span.

    Is intelligence ‘a mirror’ for all to see

    that designed for outward projection?

    Yet, wisdom— as life can bring to a knee

    —is gained in depths of reflection?

    Intelligence may blurt it bright to gather

    (or hoard) as many things as possible,

    where wisdom may run against the latter

    to push for being philanthropical.

    Two plus two intelligently equals four;

    such calculation fetches little debate.

    But, as life’s things add to baffle a bit more,

    a wiser mind shapes for chafing grate.

    The left hemisphere—of mathematical power

    —is the brain seeking ‘logical’ perfection,

    whereas—of more electrochemical dour

    —the right hemisphere runs opposite direction.

    Then the proctor, the doctor and the lawyer,

    all intelligently must master their knowledge,

    yet for more to embody Tom Sawyer,

    well,…some wisdom’s not there in college.

    But, sometimes it’s awkward and not so clear

    which narrative is best to heed;

    while Socrates to many was very dear,

    others loathed him because he rarely agreed.

    As the cubby sage strolled Athens’s streets,

    he roused more questions than answers,

    for history surely rhymes or repeats,

    The State claimed he spread social cancers.

    Then, there’s the legend of the ole Zen master,

    with hardly any gossip to sell,

    where some saw him as a brilliant forecaster,

    he’d mostly advise for time to tell.

    So, each of us all into the future we go,

    a bit wiser and more intelligent for the past,

    in how the world pressures us all ‘to know’,

    more seasoning cautions: not so fast!

    Craig Matheson replied 1 year, 4 months ago 1 Member · 0 Replies
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