Now Playing: Growing 'Tellygint and the Freedom to be Stoopit
"Bunnies do not grow old. They grow 'tellygint." - meHunny, Senior Bun of Our Warren.
That was, like, wunna the first bits of advice Hunny told to me afta Maman rescued me frumma veterinarian's office when I wassa young-bun - like about six years ago. Since then, I have done my best to Grow 'Tellygint.
There have been some hiccups along the way. Most of them I've typed about here in The Hay Diaries - which Belinda said I should do, inna innerests of "being honest". Nobunny just becomes 'Tellygint easily. It's a Process. Stuff happins - kinda like pooties. You turn your head, look behind you and there it is - a pootie. I mean, it's not like you get tapped onna head by sum 'Telligint Fairy and all at once ~bang~ your head is suddinly stuffed full of sound judgemint, sage direction and good literature. It doesn't werk that way.
Nope. You gotta take a few wrong paths, have a few messed up ideas, ocassionally look stoopit, make sum mistakes and just gen'rally screw up royally before you even can start guessing about which is the 'Tellygint way to go about Becoming.
Which brings me to a Noospaper article Maman and I read this morning inna New York Times. You can read the same article here. It is about a party that was held for some of the more Conservative writers and literati-types in Washington, D.C., and one of the points that the author seems to be making is that the Guest-of-Honour, seemed to be rather "inconsistent" in her religious/political views!
Like, there is something "contradictory" aboudda Fakt that when she was younger, she was a Conservative Muslim lady who wore a hijab when she studied in Kenya, then fled an arranged marriage (!), and that she supported the fatwah against another Muslim author, before she became an atheist. (Her views are her views and she is perfektly free to hold them, as am I to disagree with them. I am, after all, a small white HouseRabbit and she is an internationally-educated author. We are bound not to agree on sum points.)
But, like, well, so? She has obviously changed up her mind on sum issues.
So, is there anything so wrong with that that the author of the noospaper article has to make a point of it? It is not like the Guest-of-Honour is untalented, or has "adopted" a humanitarian crisis in order to exploit it like a pseudo-intellectual pop-video performer. The Guest-of-Honour is a serious artist, capable of growth beyond self-regard.
It is my opinion that in order to Grow 'Tellygint we make the best choices available to us based upon the information available to us at a given time. I like to believe that this is how the Process of Growing 'Telligent, works: you know, and then you know better. We must have the freedom to be wrong once in awhile, and what we are now might not be, hextactly, what we will become.
So why does the author of the New York Times article seem to be so upset that udder hoomins can grow and change? I believe I would be MORE upset were I to find hoomins incapable of change. Because if nobunny could change, then nobunny could learn, and nobunny could Grow in enny-ways-possible at all! They would become Stuck - like the Stone Warren in Maman's Gardin, forever unable even to scratch their noses or wiggle their ears, always looking like they are about to yet never accomplishing the simplest fing.
In order to Grow 'Tellygint, there has to be Freedom - the Freedom to hextplore the intellect, the Freedom to cultivate and then to hextamin dif'frunt points of view, and along with that, there hasta be the Freedom to move about the Gardin of Thoughts inside your own head. I fink ev'rybun needs the Freedom to evaluate their past and current belief-systems in the bright light of their present hextperiences - to tend their Gardin, so to speak, to weed it, to help it Grow.
And at the same time, it is no good to just hold on to sumfing blindly, without justification, just because. "Because" is no reason for ennyfing, except the passage of that old Illusion called "Time", that hoomins mistake for "old".
The only way to Grow 'Telligint is to axtchually do it - to Move down those Intellectual pathways, and to realise, "whoa, that's the wrong road to take!" and then correct courses; the Freedom to choose, the Freedom to learn, to make mistakes and yes, to be Wrong, the Freedom to be Stoopit.
Onna'count obba Fakt, if we are never Wrong, how will we know Right when we come across it?
So it is hokay, I fink, to continue to Grow 'Telligint. In fakt, I kinda insist onnit - onna'count obba Fakt, if you don't keep moving forward atta preddy rapid rate of knots, you might nebber know whut might be catchin' up behind you!
........................ By George