From Intellect to Intelligence

Douwe van der Zee

Griffel Media, 2007

Non-fiction

257 pages

Description

Why are we caught up in a spiral of ever-increasing violence and environmental destruction while simultaneously calling ourselves rational and intelligent?

Can religion, science, capitalism, psychology, politics and education help us to change our behaviour, or is our destructive behaviour in fact deeply entrenched in these very institutions? How free and democratic are we really in South Africa and in the rest of the world?

Why did Jesus say, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”? What does it mean to become like a child?

In From Intellect to Intelligence Douwe van der Zee combines his wealth of experience and insight with the wisdom of many others to penetrate into the heart of the crisis of humanity and planet earth. He critically explores and questions the very foundations of Western civilisation and its interaction with Africa and the rest of the world, demonstrating how ‘wisdom of the most conventional kind’ has often created nothing less than a highly dysfunctional society. A society in which many of us may be very clever, but few act with intelligence.

The famous historian Arnold Toynbee wrote: “An increase in man’s spiritual potentiality is now the only change in the biosphere against the biosphere being destroyed.” Using these words as his theme, Van der Zee points out that our spiritual potentiality has nothing to do with religion, but is ultimately our capacity to be fully and openly humane: our crisis is essentially the loss of our common humanity.

There is another way, and it is deceptively simple: a return to natural intelligence. This happens spontaneously when we integrate the head with the heart: when we are natural instead of normal. We can learn so much from indigenous cultures, including African cultures, but only is Africa reclaims its own spiritual heritage.


“This is the most important book I have ever read or am likely to read”

Ivan Brezović Mlinarić – Former senior development planner with the Development Bank of Southern Africa



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