How Intelligence Is Dumb

A curse-laden lesson from Oedipus Rex

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11 min readSep 25, 2023

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Oedipus and the Sphinx of Thebes, Red Figure Kylix, c. 470 BC, from Vulci. Via

Humans place great stock on intelligence — even looking for it on other planets — but our living family, nobody else is that impressed. Our animal family is more scared by what we’ve done to Mother Earth, which is not the same thing at all. Going by what we’ve done to the planet, intelligence is dumb.

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Indrajit (Indi) Samarajiva is a Sri Lankan writer. Follow me at www.indi.ca, or just email me at indi@indi.ca.