When the mind is gone, what then becomes of us?
The intellect is a trait of human kind. What defines the intellect, or intellectual thinking to be specific, is logical reasoning structured with a series of thoughts formed through a three-fold process: observation via sensory perceptions, pre-existing or newfound knowledge gained by experimentation (think research studies on current theories to test the extent of their validity and applications) and the systematic synthesis of the above two to formulate empirical claims or conclusions supporting your stand on conjectures (arguments).
Intellectual thinking is an academic’s enhanced usage of our everyday logic. Logic is not learnt but adapted to societal expectations of fear and encouragement: essentially, we can think of them in terms of the proverbial ‘carrot’ and ‘stick’, or just ‘good’ and ‘bad’. As children, we were often scolded for doing ‘bad’ things and praised for doing ‘good’ things; we faced punishment as an indicator of ‘moral degradation’ and encouragement as an indicator of ‘social acceptance’. I use quotation marks to denote abstract concepts that have absolutely no tangibility whatsoever.
And as we grew up, we started ascribing ourselves to religious (or non-religious) beliefs that further reinforced the notions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’/’God’ and ‘not of God’/’Heaven’ and ‘Hell’. We became overly concerned with grades – not in isolation – but with respect to our peers in what we call the ‘rat race’. We were taught to always overstate our disparities in comparison to our ‘betters’ and hold ourselves in high regard towards our ‘inferiors’ or, also referred to as ‘social outcasts’. We learnt to climb higher in a contrived attempt to replicate (in ourselves) the qualities of our ‘idols’ and ‘role models’, and avoid and tarnish those ‘unworthy of appreciation’. We were taught to avoid ‘criminals’ and ‘criminality’ and aspire to ‘subservience’ and ‘self-sufficiency’, but never the intentions behind these purported principles.
These thoughts are – and should by now be – deeply ingrained in our subconscious minds. That we are constantly embroiled in an everlasting battle between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, shows our mortal obsession with the ideals we have been conditioned to create in our minds: that in projecting these ideals on physical persons and institutions, we have inadvertently created an environment otherwise opposed to the truth-seeking nature of the mind. That to see the limitations of the mind, would be akin to understanding the intrinsic functions of it, thereby allowing us to utilise it for a more worthwhile cause, rather than merely debating between what ‘is’ and ‘is not’.