Our Spanish correspondent Hermes wrote a response to last night’s discussion about IQ and collective intelligence, but it was too long for a comment. He sent it to us by email, and it is posted below.
What About Wisdom and Morality?
The smarter people are, the more complicated the way they handle problems which would otherwise have a simple solution. They get lost in theories and analysis, and forget about real, harsh life.
People give so much importance to that almighty IQ, anyway. For them, only intelligence counts, whereas there are other elements which are even more important than intelligence, and these element are wisdom and morality.
Taking the oft-much mentioned example of Norway, people there may well be very very smart, but their level of wisdom seems to be extremely low. What is the advantage of having a high IQ if one is self-doomed to disappear?
Driving oneself into cultural — and eventually collective national suicide — does not seem to be a wise way of behaving, regardless of the given level of genius. Is this an intelligent/high IQish way of behaving?
So how many kinds of intelligence are there in the end?
What kind of profit do they get from their high IQ, if they doom themselves?
The members of the ant colony certainly lack a high level of IQ, or any level of intelligence measured by human standards at all, but perhaps this is why they will not indulge in a suicidal behavior by allowing other species of ants to mix with them, thus destroying the unity of the whole system.
What it is meant by this is that ants act in a logical way dictated by nature itself, and not by a high level of IQ. Ants act not according to intelligence, but to “common sense”, so to speak, which in their case could be translated as instinct. And this is what the West seems to lack: the very basic natural way of behaving, the very basic instinct of survival by which the human race survived through the millennia, which has been replaced by a thing called Political Correctness, an ill and demented social theory and behaving conduct completely opposed to nature itself and created by… well, by intelligent people, by thinkers.
And this was certainly not an intelligence pervaded by wisdom, but by madness. One becomes very curious about what level of IQ Adorno, Horkheimer & co. might have had.
I have no doubt that most of the bankers and economists and politicians who make these decisions are intelligent fellows. I’ll bet they scored really well on their IQ tests in grade school. They probably graduated near the top of their class at Princeton or Dartmouth. So how can someone that smart be so stupid?
Very good point. Perhaps they have climbed so high that they simply cannot appreciate aspects which are a matter of common sense. They have gotten lost in their own worlds, they have missed contact with the real world, a world which we “poor ignorants” lacking Princeton degrees see clearly, because we live in it, we see things using common sense.
They live in a fantasy world in which everything becomes predictable, everything can be controlled, because this is how they have learned it at the university. Just as PMP stated in his essay about Malmö: “When an experiment or a medical trial is injurious and damaging its subjects and patients, one usually stops […] If the experiment continues, those responsible will likely face investigation and later prosecution. In Sweden, multiculturalism is a failing experiment, in which the Swedes and their country are constantly injured test objects […] Those responsible for this crime do further not face any official investigation, and they most definitely do not face prosecution”.
Well, of course they will not stop the experiment, as common sense would dictate. They are convinced that everything must, and will necessarily go as they expect to. This is strongly reminiscent of the communist “five-year-plan”, in which the government’s program virtually “foresaw” the quantity of goods the country would produce in the coming five years, regardless of anything that would happen in the meantime. The production goal had to be fulfilled at all costs, and if something went wrong, that was due to sabotage carried out either by a “fascist reactionary” or by a secret agent from the capitalist West, but never to a failure of the perfect socialist system. The more one connects the dots, the more frightening all this becomes.
Stupid is as stupid does, yes. They keep repeating the same action over and over again, expecting a different result, or, better said, the result they want to achieve, at all costs, because it is their goal, and the goal must be fulfilled, the goal is right, it is as it should be, it is what the elite dictates. And what the elite dictates, that simply cannot be wrong.
Intelligence is not everything. There must also be morality and wisdom, and these elements cannot be measured in a scale like IQ. Low-IQ groups are winning, and this is probably because those Westerners with high IQ in power suffer from a total lack of these other two elements.
They suffer from a total lack of wisdom because they do not see nor want to see nor want to acknowledge what we all see, that their projects are an absolute failure and a universal crime against their own nations.
They also suffer from a lack of morality, because they do not give a damn if Westerners get mugged, raped or killed during this multicultural process of theirs. They continue to pursue their fantasy goal, their own “five-year-plan”, the objective they think is good for everybody.
And if something goes wrong, well, we all know who will they blame for the mess… the reactionary Islamophobes, the nationalist saboteurs.