Originally Posted by QBNCGAR
Calm is overrated. Anybody can be calm, it's a choice. Intellect isn't something people decide whether or not to have. They either have it, or they don't. Those with lots of it are intrinsically fascinating. The Dalai Lama may be a remarkable person, but it's not because he's calm.
Calm = love = happiness = acceptance = humility, etc, etc. We're talking about 'at peace with the world' calm, not 'thorazine' calm. It is difficult, if not impossible to convey that which the Dalai Lama has achieved mastery over in a single word. The word I chose was "calm". I provided the example to convey the meaning.
Rather than grasp that meaning, you chose
to get hung up on semantics. Does that speak to intellect
In regard to your comment on intelllect, what is it that you believe is beyond nurturing -- cognition, knowledge, neither, or both? Can I not read a book today, thus be smarter than I was yesterday? Can I not go out into the world and gain the kind of experience that will add to my cognitive abilities in the future?