If ignorance is bliss, is intelligence a curse?
Intelligence makes a person aware of things that the ignorant go through life not knowing. Sometimes knowledge is a heavy weight. We are not talking about a learned knowledge such as who stared in what television show, but rather a deeper understanding, a mind that puts things together on its own. The ability to solve puzzles, logic questions, and equations is often considered the abilities of an intelligent mind.
Intelligence comes up with conspiracy theories as a way of keeping the mind occupied, rather than just following what it is told. The mind almost cannot help itself.
Intelligence does not accept simple answers, it searches for its own answers. To this extent studies have shown people with higher intelligence often deny religious followings. Where as other people find peace in believing in a higher power and an afterlife – the intelligent person does not have that easy answer.
Intelligent minds constantly want to be busy… they are always thinking. This means they are not content unless their mind is busy, and sometimes even a busy mind comes up with horrible things.
In dogs we see what intelligence does, smart dogs being the ones most likely to get into trouble if left on their own for longer periods of time.
Image via Wikipedia A Border Collie, often considered one of the most intelligent dogs.
Intelligent people sometimes cross ethical lines. They almost cannot help themselves. To this extent we have people growing ears on the backs of mice, cloning other animals, and a whole other avenue of things.
An intelligent persons mind is always going, they often have troubles sleeping at night because their minds do not shut off.
Intelligence has had the human race destroy its own environment, where as other creatures mostly live in harmony with their surroundings. Intelligence has brought us to a point where we have polluted the skies, water, and land, all because we can.
We consider ourselves the smartest species, but no other species has done so much damage that they may be responsible for their own demise due to their lifestyle. Over population and nuclear threat being the two things the United Nations (and many scientists) now consider the biggest threats to humanities continued existance.
Ignorance is bliss. Lower intelligent people are often happier. They do not need more out of life than basic survival needs. Look at anyone with what we call a mental handicap, and you will usually see a smiling face.
To make a comparison, a highly intelligent Border Collie put in the lower lifestyle of a Shih Tzu would destroy the house in no time as it looks for things to keep its mind active. Both are dogs, we are not comparing two different types of animals. In humans the same occurs. Humans with higher intelligences need mental activity to keep them satisfied but sometimes that satisfaction comes with all kinds of problems that knowledge brings.
Image via Wikipedia A Shih Tzu, often considered one of the less intelligent dogs.
Take the paradox that intelligent people are likely to have smaller families, and start having kids later in life.
Intelligent people, being responsible and globally aware, are now having smaller families, by choice. Since intelligence is partially inherited, will this result in a dumbing of the planet? Of course intelligent people are highly aware that a human overpopulation crisis is imminent, so encouraging them to have more kids simply is not going to happen. And thus we have a paradox. They see the problem, but are unable to stop it, and the lower intelligence people, are in denial that a problem exists at all, and keep reproducing.
Yes, ignorance is a bliss.