Two kinds of intelligences​




This categorization of learning by Rumi seems particularly vital today; I have never seen the distinction quite this way before. I offer the poem called Two kinds of intelligences


"There are two kinds of intelligence: One acquired,

As a child in school memorizes facts and concepts

from books and from what the teacher says,

collecting information from the traditional sciences

as well as from the new sciences.


With such intelligence you rise in the world.

You get ranked ahead or behind others

in regard to your competence in retaining


You stroll with this intelligence

in and out of fields of knowledge, always getting more

marks on your preserving tablets.


There is another kind of tablet, one

already completed and preserved inside you.

A spring overflowing its springbox

A freshness

in the center of the chest

This other intelligence

does not turn yellow or stagnate. It's fluid,

and it doesn't move from outside to inside

through conduits of plumbing-learning.


This second knowing is a fountainhead

from within you, moving out."


From The Essential Rumi, by Coleman Barks


Can one be enamored of both styles?


I specialize in the first, which moves from the outside to the inside, but find myself drawn to the fountainhead...the one from within, moving out.