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What Value is There of Intelligence that Works Against ANY Sector of Humanity?

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), May 25, 2010 at 16:53

We are told that technology in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has surpassed any advancement of the previous centuries by not just leaps and bounds, but in exponential fashion. Greater numbers of great modern minds are increasing as well. Even as we write our e-opinions on our speedy computers, we find that even pedestrian intelligence is given a mobility of thought unheard of in the days of opinions in hard copy print. For the common man to be upheld in this way speaks volumes to the increase of a common understanding of things, and an opinion of the common man (and woman) can be held with some value when viewed in some appropriate context; or one might so think.

In the recitation of the celebrated intellectualism of the cited individual, many things are noted by the entities that have bestowed their honorarium to one that has, by the cited accounts, accumulated a wealth of knowledge befitting one of such cerebral character. By every such acknowledgment, this person has achieved much, to his credit. So why do we have this impressive resume presented in the fashion of this article? Simple, for the individual has pursued a specific course of academics that is a result of his trying to understand why his heritage is different than another's.

Might one search closely beneath the surface and sense that there was a challenge to overcome bigotry, only to be deeply influenced by a countering sense of a different kind of bigotry is at work. Examine the recommendations, even the hose that are doing the recommending, and wonder what the achievements are really intended to project to the recipients of such accolades and to their audiences. On the other hand, what does the common man, who may not have a common grasp of just what the accomplishments mean, what of his understanding, and do the members of the intelligentsia even care about that?

In the final analysis, bigotry, of which a more virulent form is found in the practice of anti-Semitism, knows no boundaries, and unless countered with an abiding love for all of mankind, seeks to be the source of the enmities running rampant throughout societies. Do we challenge the intelligent mindset that is colored by bigotry and look for a better understanding in developing a better relationship between different people? There are many that would think so; and I would think so, but I defer to the man with all the accomplishment and accolades and would ask the question of him.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Mazrui is a Classic Hypocrite [188 words]UkoAug 27, 2014 16:54217451
Makes me think of an ethic joke... [236 words]Peter HerzMay 26, 2010 10:44173416
Mazrui a scholar? [53 words]David NatanelMay 26, 2010 08:45173412
Not worth the paper it's written on [63 words]Mark D.May 25, 2010 21:22173403
1It May Be Drivel, But .......... [419 words]Ron ThompsonMay 25, 2010 18:43173395
Where's the White House [61 words]AlexMay 25, 2010 17:59173389
What Value is There of Intelligence that Works Against ANY Sector of Humanity? [418 words]M. ToveyMay 25, 2010 16:53173388
Stop the slogans and answer some questions! [199 words]Frank AdamMay 25, 2010 14:59173379
Ali, All Wrong [41 words]Sir Daniel M.J. TobinMay 25, 2010 12:09173375
One thing missing from his resume? [10 words]Sam DeakinsMay 25, 2010 07:25173358
Wrong direction [135 words]Doug GreenerMay 25, 2010 04:23173354
True Racisme [233 words]Cherif El-AyoutyMay 25, 2010 02:52173351
This is an excellent point [45 words]David LMay 27, 2010 11:16173351
ACADEMIC DEGENERACY [32 words]DAVID R.GROESBECKMay 25, 2010 01:23173349
Tell me please... [23 words]NancyMay 25, 2010 01:13173348
Ouch! [55 words]Merry WhitneyMay 25, 2010 00:50173347
Anti-Semitism and the Facts... [236 words]SarahMay 24, 2010 23:43173341
All the way down to the gutter [113 words]Abu NudnikMay 24, 2010 21:58173339
Mazrui a Rank antisemite [111 words]Nenette GrunbergMay 24, 2010 21:15173338
Where do they get these people? [104 words]Seamus Dafydd Dives MacNemiMay 24, 2010 20:25173336
The Threat [76 words]Mark D.May 24, 2010 20:23173335
1Academia under siege by Arab lies in the name of Allah [480 words]Carmen Waggoner, Ph.D.May 24, 2010 18:27173332
Maghreb-Atlas Arabs from Jews [120 words]Gábor FränklMay 29, 2010 05:40173332
1EUROPE HAS LOST IT'S COURAGE [56 words]MMAug 22, 2010 20:29173332
Being a rank antisemite is just what Mazrui required to boost his credentials . [51 words]M.D.May 24, 2010 18:21173331
Academic Freedom -- Academic Integrity [55 words]James S. OppenheimMay 24, 2010 18:14173330
Nazis invented it [51 words]JimmyMay 24, 2010 17:51173328
it goes to show that one can be well educated and still be ignorant ! [110 words]Phil GreendMay 24, 2010 17:43173327
The towering Ali Mazrui [65 words]DAVID KABACHIADec 11, 2010 07:28173327
African studies [19 words]Lewis LoflinMay 24, 2010 16:06173322
FROM THE MOUTH OF A KNOW NOTHING [200 words]MannyMay 24, 2010 15:56173318
"Academia" [21 words]Fred KravitzMay 24, 2010 14:47173316
Higher ed? [228 words]Doug CorriganMay 24, 2010 14:41173315
YELLOW RACE [13 words]DAVID KABACHIADec 13, 2010 03:12173315
Unfortunate [3 words]David LMay 24, 2010 14:40173314

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