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This is a topic I've been thinking about for some time now. As we all know, humans are the only intelligent species on the planet. Intelligent as in, are capable of learning, judging, and making concious decisions.
Throughout history, mankind has strived for greatness and power. This can be seen with both world wars, Hitler in general, Joseph Stalin, and even the formation of the United States. Lets face it, mankind as a whole, desires power. But why does the most powerful species on the planet desire more power than it already has? Greed has led us to do unspeakable things in order to achieve our goals of power or happiness. Greed has led us to kill hundreds of millions of people for the success of our goals.
I have always, wondered, what happens when there is nothing left for mankind to strive for? When there are no peoples to kill, or no reason to kill them. When there are no resources to hoard, or no wars to fight. When mankind has expanded itself into the galaxy and can go no further, what will happen to us? Can a human being really live each and every day in perfect harmony, with no conflict? I believe the answer is no. Conflict is a part of human life, a very important part, and despite how much we hate it, we couldnt live without it. How important is a life with no conflict? The human mind, constantly craving power and happiness, will one day fall to itself, fall to its greed, fall to its hunger when there is nothing left for it to eat.

So I ask everyone, is intelligence a gift, or a curse? Should we be thankful that we are able to think for ourselves, or are we better off like dogs, merely following our instincts, doing the bare minimum to survive? I'd be delighted to hear the opinions of others.
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I think intelligence is a gift
It's the superiority complex most people have that will destroy this world
And it'll probably be because of a new development in nuclear technology
Posted 1/10/08
MattChristy ok before we start he created this thread

no i don't think its a curse cuz any species can evolve into smarter life forms. hell aren't we evolved apes??
it is also not a gift becuz any species has it. the only bad thing is that we people don't use.
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no pride is what will destroy civilization as we know it and will lead to anarchy and chaos!!!
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intelligance is a gift but we use the gift wrongly that is my opinion
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I think it is neither, we have the gift to be able to think, to be higher in the "Food Chart" then animals, we don't have to live in fear of being chopped up to be somebody's dinner. We can live happily if we wish too, make friends, laugh, communicate, and we can be free. Although we have freedom, we can lose that when we do "bad things" and end up in jail...but then thats your fault, not anyone elses. Intelligence is also a curse at the same time, people like Hilter were very clever people, I mean, not everyone can create World War II. Hilter misused the "gift" of intelligence and made it a curse... Yet, people are killed because they know something. Also, because of our brains, we could very well be bringing the end of the world. Global Warming. True, some might be in denial of it though... With all our "brain work" we have created so much, and not all that "so much" is good... Bah, not sure if I answered correctly... >.<
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ignorance is bliss.
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intellegence--it really depends on how you used that word, so you decide yourself if its a blessing or a curse.
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I believe that intelligence has the capability of being both a gift and a curse. Intelligence can give us the power to be able to create more, and have more solutions to problems.

The negative side of intelligence is that it can feed pride. We can think too highly of ourselves and this in turn leads to us wanting more power because we "deserve it". Then of course, that's when we start to try and gain more control, and since in the end we really don't need a lot of the stuff that we think we do, we will fall.

Of course there are other reasons why intelligence is good or bad. Basically, if we didn't have the human level of intelligence that we have, we would just take what was already given to us, and try and survive. It would be a more natural way of living, like the way the animals do. We wouldn't see anything as being necessarily good or bad although we would still have the normal emotions. Everything would just be necessary for survival or not. We would learn what we were meant to learn and move on.

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Think about the problems in your life. Stress, anger, sadness, hatred, all of those things are entirely human. Only humans feel true hatred, or true sadness, yet only humans feel true happiness. All of these emotions come from intelligence. Think about losing a loved one, how does that feel? Yet, think about falling in love how does that feel? Weighing the odds, is it okay to feel pain, hatred, sadness and have the occasional spurt of happiness, or love? Without intelligence, there wouldnt be any of these things, and it makes me wonder if intelligence is really worth all the downsides.
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MattChristy wrote:

Think about the problems in your life. Stress, anger, sadness, hatred, all of those things are entirely human. Without intelligence, there wouldnt be any of these things, and it makes me wonder if intelligence is really worth all the downsides.


So...let me get this straight, you WANT to be a brainless?

Intelligence is a gift bud. It's the misuse of intelligence that is the problem--also, u r 100% wrong. Animals do feel pain, anger, happiness, and sadness, probably stress as well. If they didn't-- y do dogs wag their tails? or sometimes die soon after their masters? y do animals reject some ppl but have no problems with others? not to mention--if they don't feel these "strictly human emotions"--y do they protect? You don't hv to b smart/hv intelligence to feel emotion. Esp pain--that's mostly physical and has 0 to do with ur brains or lack there of.

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MattChristy wrote:

Think about the problems in your life. Stress, anger, sadness, hatred, all of those things are entirely human. Without intelligence, there wouldnt be any of these things, and it makes me wonder if intelligence is really worth all the downsides.


So...let me get this straight, you WANT to be a brainless moron? I think that in itself qualifies u for the position. Intelligence is a gift bud. It's the misuse of intelligence that is the problem--also, u r 100% wrong. Animals do feel pain, anger, happiness, and sadness, probably stress as well. If they didn't y do dogs wag their tails? or sometimes die soon after their masters? not to mention--if they don't feel these human emotions--y do they protect? You don't hv to b smart/hv intelligence to feel emotion. Esp pain--that's mostly physical and has 0 to do with ur brains or lack there of.


Temper temper. I'm merely trying to discuss whether intelligence is a good thing or not. There are many people with various opinions, and none of them are necessarily right. Theres no reason to get angry now. If you have nothing positive to say, and merely wish to insult me, please do it elsewhere. Thanks so much. I completely understand your opinion, and Im glad you were willing to share it. Thats the whole point of a forum is it not? I just ask, please refrain from insulting me anymore, I dont find it necessary, but your opinion is greatly appreciated
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True. I guess it depends on how you use your intelligence that can make it a curse or not. In my experience, I have seen some very wicked people, who have chosen to use their intelligence to do bad things. Those who choose to use their intelligence for the benefit of society and the condition of our world, they are necessary, no doubt. But those who wish to defile our world for their own personal gain (greed), they are what would give humans a bad name. Thanks for the opinions guys.
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MattChristy wrote:


saiyukilover wrote:


MattChristy wrote:

Think about the problems in your life. Stress, anger, sadness, hatred, all of those things are entirely human. Without intelligence, there wouldnt be any of these things, and it makes me wonder if intelligence is really worth all the downsides.


So...let me get this straight, you WANT to be a brainless moron? I think that in itself qualifies u for the position. Intelligence is a gift bud. It's the misuse of intelligence that is the problem--also, u r 100% wrong. Animals do feel pain, anger, happiness, and sadness, probably stress as well. If they didn't y do dogs wag their tails? or sometimes die soon after their masters? not to mention--if they don't feel these human emotions--y do they protect? You don't hv to b smart/hv intelligence to feel emotion. Esp pain--that's mostly physical and has 0 to do with ur brains or lack there of.


Temper temper. I'm merely trying to discuss whether intelligence is a good thing or not. There are many people with various opinions, and none of them are necessarily right. Theres no reason to get angry now. If you have nothing positive to say, and merely wish to insult me, please do it elsewhere. Thanks so much. I completely understand your opinion, and Im glad you were willing to share it. Thats the whole point of a forum is it not? I just ask, please refrain from insulting me anymore, I dont find it necessary, but your opinion is greatly appreciated


I'm not angry trust me--if i were u would know immediately--I was just stating my opinion. And my original intention was not to insult u, but I couldn't seem to help myself--it was too easy--and I was planning to edit it anyway.
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saiyukilover wrote:


MattChristy wrote:


saiyukilover wrote:


MattChristy wrote:

Think about the problems in your life. Stress, anger, sadness, hatred, all of those things are entirely human. Without intelligence, there wouldnt be any of these things, and it makes me wonder if intelligence is really worth all the downsides.


So...let me get this straight, you WANT to be a brainless moron? I think that in itself qualifies u for the position. Intelligence is a gift bud. It's the misuse of intelligence that is the problem--also, u r 100% wrong. Animals do feel pain, anger, happiness, and sadness, probably stress as well. If they didn't y do dogs wag their tails? or sometimes die soon after their masters? not to mention--if they don't feel these human emotions--y do they protect? You don't hv to b smart/hv intelligence to feel emotion. Esp pain--that's mostly physical and has 0 to do with ur brains or lack there of.


Temper temper. I'm merely trying to discuss whether intelligence is a good thing or not. There are many people with various opinions, and none of them are necessarily right. Theres no reason to get angry now. If you have nothing positive to say, and merely wish to insult me, please do it elsewhere. Thanks so much. I completely understand your opinion, and Im glad you were willing to share it. Thats the whole point of a forum is it not? I just ask, please refrain from insulting me anymore, I dont find it necessary, but your opinion is greatly appreciated


I'm not angry trust me--if i were u would know immediately--I was just stating my opinion. And my original intention was not to insult u, but I couldn't seem to help myself--it was too easy--and I was planning to edit it anyway.


Well good, good, stating opinions is exactly what I was looking for. However, your message came off as quite hostile, but maybe I was just reading it that way. Hah, almost makes me want to stop starting threads
Well, back on topic any who care.
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