Free of fear, intelligence is no longer a slave to an identity that needs to be consistent with itself. You are free of the constraints of consistency. Intelligence in essence does not have a blueprint, it can respond to a given situation in new and unexpected ways. Its response can be discontinuous with that which has been tried before. Life is not always consistent, so how can you respond aptly by being consistent? Consistency is not necessarily a virtue, it can be completely irresponsible.
Though intelligence is basically unpredictable, you can't predict it to be unpredictable either. Sometimes the trodden path is trodden because it is a good path! At other times intelligence makes intuitive decisions. Planning something usually makes a lot of sense, but maybe your intuition prompts you into another direction and you abandon your plans. To plan is useful to a certain extent, beyond that extent lies the arena of spontaneity and intuition.
Conditioning is momentum carried over from the past. It can either severely limit the scope of your responses or it can be very practical. Free intelligence does not mean that you forget how to tie your shoelaces. It means that you respond freely, your responses are not determined by your conditioning. You use conditioning, you use the languages you have learned to speak. Yet you are free to respond in any way, on the spur of the moment, as your intelligence sees it apt. You are not married to your conditioning.
We have tried to find security within paradigms, within ideas about life. But our security lies within intelligence. We have survived so far by using our intelligence, and that is why nature must have developed it in the first place. To the degree that ideas have become fixed in our minds, they limit our options. Ideas and paradigms are very useful, but should not be a higher authority than our intelligence. It is natural the other way around.
It makes no sense to be tied to ideas about what's good and bad. We cannot make adequate rules for good and bad, life cannot be caught in a set of rules. Good and bad fluctuate. Life is fluid, circumstances change, and perspectives change. Finally it comes down to individual intelligence to decide what is responsible in a particular time and place. As far as true responsibility is concerned, we can neither avoid our innate intelligence nor the individual situation.
Dogmatic thinking is not intelligence. To live on the basis of dogma is very crude and primitive. It is not a very evolved way of living, it is too simple an approach to life. In dogmatism we lose our humanity, we no longer have an eye for the exception, for the individual, or for life's unique predicaments.
Living our human nature, our intelligence, does not mean that we need to deny or exclude our animal nature: our sexuality, a woman's maternal instincts, or our instinct to survive. These things are all valid, but they should not rule over our intelligence. Intelligence is a higher principle. It is perfectly natural for a woman to want to have children, but what if the world's population becomes three times as big as it is today? Blindly following our animal nature can lead to all sorts of disaster. We are intelligent beings, and sometimes intelligence needs to prevail over instinct.
With intelligence comes sensitivity, a sense of awe, and appreciation of life. Responsibility is a natural outflow of your respect and love for life. If you give your intelligence space, you naturally take responsibility. Many things need to be taken care of, and it is natural to care and take care. There is no need for guilt, fear, or excessive thinking and worrying in order to take care of things. We need to have a love for life. And a love for life will come naturally if we look at life with open eyes and awake intelligence. Though in freedom you naturally care, your heart is carefree.
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