Anonymous said: do you think that one ought to be fully versed in subjects such as literature, art, history and philosophy in order to be intelligent? I don't mean in order to be intelligent at ALL but i mean in regards to coming across as a well rounded individual and all that?
how can you feel connected to anything if you’re not able to feel for yourself and for the world how will you ever feel present in who you are if not through the process of self-discovery; self-discovery not merely in terms of self-knowledge but just deep deep ability to understand what has access to your heart and what doesn’t, how else you will know that you connect with this or that, how else will you let your own universe touch you it’s not even necessary to “come across” as a well rounded individual, it’s only necessary that you be who you are, it’s vital that you immerse yourself in everything that has impact on your soul; without wanting to take it all at once, adoring your endlessness as well as your limitations, knowing what touches you on a personal level and not merely on the surface, knowing what stimulates your brain for real and what doesn’t, not knowing anything with absolute certainty, being content in not knowing and living and being and creating your own journey — all of this is a process. It’s not called being “intelligent” and “well-rounded” and “creatively distinct” just because you’ve taken an extra interest in art or lit or history or philosophy or whatever. It’s a process and it’s called living. These are the tools. You can make the process meaningful (meaningful for you) in case you dare and make correct use of them. You don’t need to just throw yourself at everything for the sake of wholeness. Wholeness is a very very private and scary notion but it also keeps us alive, or so I think. Do not mistake intellect for intelligence. Do not mistake “knowledge” for “wisdom”. Be present. Feel present. Feel your feelings and stand true to who you are. (and sure goddamn it, I think it’s far more necessary that you learn to feel through poetry than to learn to feel through mathematics — I MEAN)