The Buddy Up Community "Word of The Week" has become somewhat of a challenge with this word. In fact it has had me thinking about the word, the term, the meaning of it and likewise the consequences that the lack of it brings about as does the abuse and/or malicious use of intelligence.
To go deeper into it, I guess the appropriate place to start are the most common "definitions" of the word:
As per Google:
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the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.
"an eminent man of great intelligence"
synonyms: intellectual/mental capacity, intellect, mind, brain, brains, brainpower, powers of reasoning, judgement, reason, reasoning, understanding, comprehension, acumen, wit, sense, insight, perceptiveness, perception, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, penetration, discernment, sharpness, quickness of mind, quick-wittedness, smartness, canniness, astuteness, intuition, acuity, alertness, cleverness, brilliance, aptness, ability, giftedness, talent; informalbraininess
"a man of great intelligence"
a person or being with the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.
plural noun: intelligences
the collection of information of military or political value.
"the chief of military intelligence"
synonyms: information gathering, surveillance, observation, reconnaissance, spying, espionage, undercover work, infiltration, ELINT, cyberespionage, humint; informalrecon
"a former agent for British military intelligence"
As per Wiki
Intelligence has been defined in many ways, including: the capacity for logic, understanding, self-awareness, learning, emotional knowledge, reasoning, planning, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. More generally, it can be described as the ability to perceive or infer information, and to retain it as knowledge to be applied towards adaptive behaviors within an environment or context.
Intelligence is most often studied in humans but has also been observed in both non-human animals and in plants. Intelligence in machines is called artificial intelligence, which is commonly implemented in computer systems using programs and, sometimes, appropriate hardware.
I dare say that Google has it almost right, in fact if it were to be listed as follows:
The collection of information after which the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills are applied.
Could this be an all encompassing definition of "intelligence"?
I can appreciate that many a philosopher through the course of history has enjoyed a good game of words, even a good game of Scrabble when suitable.
Yet, is it necessary to kill the true meanings of words by twisting them around and using them in ways that they were never intended?
What is the goal of all that?
Could it be that confusion and a lack of definition in life is what some wish to achieve?
Without clear definitions and understanding of what is being said, there is no effective communication and likewise it leaves the doors open for abuse.
People can be abused in all possible ways, from lets say legal proceedings in which there is no precedence as there is no clear cut definition of anything, all the way to the education of youngsters.
For those among us who have seen and experienced judicial systems in which there is no precedence, we can all confirm that corruption and abuse are ramped in such nations/countries. While in those where the judicial system is the same for one and all, as per the definition of precedence, corruption is not an acceptable means of life.
So, What exactly is the goal of those who keep twisting and turning the definitions of words around?
Is it to suit an agenda that we do not know about?
or are they maybe serving an agenda without even realizing it?
Either way, there can be no good brought about if the end result is confusion and abuse of one another in a system in which the spoken word isn't effective.
When the spoken word fails then there is unrest, upheaval and when it comes to the worst of it all, death, bloodshed, war.
I dare say that we here are witnesses to yet another word with extreme importance being killed by those who obviously don't wish to take any responsibility for their actions.
For if they did, they would care about the future and the consequences of their actions.
Think about it.