In this society we are taught that being intelligent is the highest ideal one can attain. From the age of five years old, we are given standardized tests to see where we fall on this coveted spectrum. We are, like cattle, prodded and separated into different classes of mind-beef quality. The Grade A (no pun intended) are placed into the talented and gifted classes, while the Grade E (or F, when it comes to human cattle) are placed in “special education” classrooms.
I was always fortunate to be considered “gifted,” but this never really sank in. In retrospect, probably because it never really mattered. And as I lost my mind and then found it again, I have lost faith in the mind. And, to be frank, there is little in the Bible about it. What the Book speaks of much more frequently and with more conviction is the heart of man.
‘Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.’
‘Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the LORD always.’
‘But because of your hard and unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.’
‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.’
‘Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.’
‘Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.’
‘Who may dwell on Your holy hill? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart.’
I believe we have so wholly devoted our energies to the mind, that our collective hearts have become hardened and so, we have collectively fallen into trouble as the scripture says. I know this happened to me on a personal level, so why is it not possible on a societal level?
“I took the stairs from my head to my heart, I didn’t know they were so far apart,” sang my hero Adrian Belew. And it’s true, our hearts are far from our minds, that is why you see all the unexplainable turmoil. That is why this world does not make sense. Without our hearts, life is just, ironically, mindless existence not truly living.
After much personal turmoil and introspection, I see the mind as little more than a facilitating tool, not the God-like, holy grail status it is given in this society. It is useful to get ideas out and to know where to put my fingers to make a certain chord. But without the heart, those same “correct” chords are just hollow thuds. I believe two artists could play the same song, as remembered from their minds, but only the one with their heart in it would have the power to move you.
Therefore, reader, I have used my mind to conclude that the heart is far more important than the mind.
Feel free to disagree and tell me about it. All this musing by myself cannot be entirely healthy. How am I to be sharpened without discourse? I am not one for debate, but I do like hearing different opinions and theories. ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.’