Correlation Between Intelligence and "Living in the Moment?"

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  1. Phil Perez profile image80
    Phil Perezposted 3 years ago

    Correlation Between Intelligence and "Living in the Moment?"

    Do people with the ideal to, live in the moment tend to be less intelligent than others?

  2. ChristinS profile image51
    ChristinSposted 3 years ago

    I don't think so, it's a philosophy and many people practice it intelligent and otherwise.  Have you ever practiced meditation for example? That's being fully in the present moment and aware and it is immensely helpful in learning how to understand and control the mind. It improves health, reduces stress and has many life enhancing benefits.  I would argue that those who can live mindfully, wholly in the present moment, can find more opportunities and think more creatively than those who are stuck in the past or worried about the future. 

    If you are referring to impulsive behavior - not having concern for the long term consequences of your actions; I can maybe see your point.  I still don't think it means one is unintelligent, but just not well controlled.  I have known many very smart people who are also very careless and impulsive.

    1. Phil Perez profile image80
      Phil Perezposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      For your last sentence, Christin, wouldn't that be contradictory? I do admit, I must agree with your first paragragh...Can you also elaborate how you can, "maybe" see my point?

    2. ChristinS profile image51
      ChristinSposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      not contradictory, one's IQ has nothing to do with their personality. Not all smart people have common sense or plan well or are organized. It doesn't mean they aren't intelligent - I've known a few book smart with no common sense.

  3. dashingscorpio profile image87
    dashingscorpioposted 3 years ago

    One's life philosophy has very little to do with their intellect.
    If it did no rational person would believe there is an old man in the sky controlling every aspect of our lives and all the galaxies around us.
    A philosophy/approach to living is a (personal) development of insight. Each of us gets to choose how we want to live our lives.
    Our ego insists upon stating (our way) is the "right way" and anyone who chooses another outlook or path is a moron or must lack intelligence. There are many paths to personal happiness.
    The reality is all we can control is (this moment). Yesterday is a canceled check and tomorrow is promissory note.
    Today is cash in hand!
    Live for today and hope for tomorrow. That's living without regrets!

    1. Phil Perez profile image80
      Phil Perezposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      That sounds very subjective, dashingscorpio. A philosophy should be set rules creating a standard. But if the standard can evidently be increased regardless if it's by you or someone else, then why not live up to that 'newer' standard?

    2. ChristinS profile image51
      ChristinSposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Well said as usual Dashing. I completely agree. Phil "Philosophy" is not analytical, hard set rules. Not everything can be psychoanalyzed, compartmentalized and labeled smile.

    3. dashingscorpio profile image87
      dashingscorpioposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      " A philosophy should be set rules creating a standard."
      Phil, Life is a (personal) journey!
      Comparing & judging wastes time.
      You get to (choose) how you want to live (your) life!
      You set your own rules/standards regarding (your) philosophy.

  4. Gordon Wright profile image71
    Gordon Wrightposted 3 years ago

    That phrase is generally understood to mean: disregard everything but what's in front of you right now, and be absorbed in that totally, without passing judgment. This is very close to how animals live, except that animals have the sense to distinguish between good and bad situations to some extent.

    Basically, it's codified stupidity.

    "The past is history," they say dismissively, as if history is not something to be learned from

    "The future is a mystery" - a half truth, but more true for the stupid than for the intelligent.

    "All we have is now" - not for much longer.

    There's a Maakies cartoon where Gabby is caught in a bear trap. He refuses help, saying "I'm trying to live in the moment."


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